SNAP EA Resources updated 1/13/23 pdf version
March 2, 2023 is the last day households will receive SNAP emergency allotments (EA). In April, SNAP households will receive their regular SNAP awards, a significant decrease of at least $95/month. This is a federal decision and cannot be appealed.
Since this significantly impacts over 240,000 older adults in Massachusetts, MCOA created this guide for councils on aging to use and share. Found on the nutrition page of MCOA’s website, it can be directly accessed at SNAP EA Resources. If you have any questions, contact Tara Hammes at email@example.com or 413-923-2160.
More Information: Review the new website Mass.gov/ExtraCOVIDSNAP for more details on planning for the end of these temporary federal benefits.
Nutrition News You Can Use – Organized by month, MCOA’s Simmons University nutrition intern, Suzanne Reasenberg, provides summaries of nutrients, disease prevention methods and health observances. COAs are welcome to copy and paste all or parts of the information provided. This includes the color photos (and credits) available at the end of each article. Shorten the copy to fit in your newsletter! Grab a bullet or two to use on social media! Use that month’s message with programming activities! Use them sporadically or all in a year-long series.
SNAP Max Purchase Power – SNAP emergency allotments continue. As the Federal Public Health Emergency Declaration continues, so do SNAP emergency allotments (EAs) providing additional funds to households. It’s not too late to apply to SNAP and receive these additional amounts. Here is an example of how much the maximum SNAP award can buy. Download the flyer here.
SNAP EBT skimming – Thank you to Massachusetts Law Reform Institute for this update: Unfortunately, we are continuing to hear from SNAP households who have had their SNAP benefits stolen following skimming of their card information by thieves. Attached is a flyer describing the issue and sharing information about what victims can do. We also have information on MassLegalHelp here. If you work with anyone who you think has had their SNAP stolen, please let MLRI (Pat, Vicky, or Betsy – firstname.lastname@example.org) know as soon as possible. SNAP users in Lawrence will have their PINs deactivated starting on October 26 and then be able to re-PIN and use their cards. See DTA’s overview here or our past eblast here with more information about what is happening, why it is happening, and the scope of families who are impacted. We also have a short tweet thread with an overview. We worked with DTA on a one-page Retailer Scam Flyer in English and Spanish – with the goal of having retailers post this flier in their store and in check out lines. We are very worried that folks will not know there is an issue and they need to rePIN until they are in the checkout line. Please share this resource ASAP with your local retailers in Eastern Massachusetts. When an EBT card without a PIN is used, an error message will appear for the cashier, flagging that the issue is a missing PIN. We aren’t 100% sure if this will happen with all point-of-service devices, but this may be a good way for cashiers to flag if a transaction with an EBT card was denied because the customer needs to re-PIN (vs. another issue with their benefits/the card).
|Average SNAP Awards by City/Town (age 60, single, living alone)|
|NEW: Hunger cliff numbers by city/town (older adults who will lose supplemental benefits with the end of public health emergency declaration) as of May 2022|
|NEW: May 2022*|
|Year-over-year data (Excel)|
|*figures do not reflect temporary supplemental COVID-19 benefits|
With COVID-19 supplemental SNAP payments sunsetting, maximize your benefits by including all medical deductions. Use this SNAP medical deductions checklist to guide you.
Cooking as Self-Care – Considering all we went through in 2020, it is MCOA’s hope these sessions provide some relief from older adult malnutrition and social isolation. Your feedback is welcome along the way. Encourage your local community access channel to schedule the Cooking as Self Care (CASC) segments. Each show runs under 30 minutes and can be found and downloaded from Massachusetts Media eXchange (MMX). MMX is a video sharing platform hosted by MassAccess for the use of community media stations across the Commonwealth. For more information, visit https://www.massaccess.org/mmx/
Nutrition and Brain Health Membership Meeting 2.10.21
Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 (Chapter 6 Older Adults, p.121)
Stepping up Your Nutrition (SUYN) – This 30-minute online SUYN Leader training will provide you with the skills and resources to educate and motivate community-dwelling older adults to prevent or lower their malnutrition risk, identify malnutrition risk and refer at-risk older adults to community-based resources. After completing the online training, SUYN Leaders will be able to deliver the interactive workshop for older adults. Get trained now and run the program virtually during the pandemic or in person in the future! Contact email@example.com for coupon code to cover the cost of the training, program and marketing materials for 1-2 people per COA.
Defeat Malnutrition Today (DMT):