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This is a reminder that the November Food SNAP Coalition meeting is Tuesday, November 29th from 10 to Noon at St Francis House. We have an exciting agenda planned and hope you can make it. This will be the LAST Coalition meeting for 2011 as we traditionally avoid meetings during the Christmas/New Year holidays and school vacations. The Coalition will continue its monthly meetings in 2012 on the 4th Tuesday of each month.
 
AGENDA:
 

1.  SNAP Web Application “minimum information” policy: DTA recent updated the on-line SNAP web application to comply with USDA requirements requiring states to accept an application with minimal information – the applicant’s name, address and signature - or electronic signature.

Coalition members are reminded that the DEADLINE for a SNAP recipient to file a request for replacement of food lost as a result of the October 29th Nor'Easter is Friday, November 18th.   Here’s a link to some useful information we've posted on our Legal Servcies website:  http://www.masslegalservices.org/SNAP-Replacement-Benefits-Household-Mis... This link includes the following:

TO:  Food SNAP Coalition Members
FR:  Pat Baker

Happy Veterans Day and Happy 11-11-11. 

We received a copy of the email below llate last week announcing a change in the guard at DTA. Julia Kehoe will be moving over to EOHHS to take on a new Senior Policy Development position and Daniel Curley of the Justice Resource Institute will be taking the DTA helm. EOHHS Secretary Dr. Bigby's email gives more details.

SNAP Misfortune Replacement deadline extended until Nov 18th:  DTA has received approval from USDA to EXTEND the deadline for SNAP households to request replacement SNAP/food stamp benefits lost due to the Noreaster and power outages. Households may request a replacement of food purchased with SNAP benefits through Friday, November 18th.  (This is a 10 day extension from November 9th to November 19th).  DTA has been working overtime to respond to all the requests flooding in to the hardest hit areas.

As many of you know, the recent Nor'easter on October 29th brought significant damage to a number of communities including power outages. This is a REMINDER that SNAP recipients who lose food due to any misfortune, including a power outage (of more than 4 hours), can apply for replacement SNAP benefits. The amount of the replacement benefits is intended to replace food that was purchased with SNAP benefits and, in any event, cannot exceed the household's SNAP allotment. Households have 10 days from October 29th to request replacement benefits.

This is late breaking news, and many of you may not have even known trouble was brewing.  Late last night the U.S. Senate voted DOWN a proposal to cut SNAP benefits including BOTH our Massachusetts Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown!! The vote was 41 Yes to 58 Nays on one very harmful amendment. This is terrific news and BOTH our Massachusetts Senators should receive calls of thanks and praise.

This is a brief reminder that the NEXT Food SNAP Coalition meeting for Boston is this coming Tuesday, October 25th from 10 to Noon at St Francis House.

The preliminary agenda will include:

Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern just released a letter signed by 127 House members calling on the Select Committee to protect critical programs for low income persons, including anti hunger programs (such as SNAP, WIC and TEFAP).  Here is a copy of the McGovern letter:  http://frac.org/pdf/McGovern_SelectCommittee2011.pdf  And here is a link with the typed names of all the signers:  https://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/a