Wed Jan 24
- CLE Credit
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Basic Public Benefits Advocacy Trainings: SNAP Food Stamps Advocacy 101
- 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
- Eastern Time (US & Canada)
- By: Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
MCLE Conference Center
- Public Benefits
- Access to Justice
Available in-person at MCLE's Conference Center and via live webcast.
The federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called Food Stamps) remains the first line of defense against hunger for about one in seven Massachusetts residents (about 600,000 households). Families and individuals often struggle with getting their SNAP applications and recertifications approved. Collecting all the required proofs and getting through the application process can be overwhelming for an unrepresented household. Some of the most challenging cases involve the rules for immigrant-headed households. Special rules also apply to households with older adults and persons with disabilities.
The training includes an overview of the SNAP program, an update on federal and state SNAP changes, and an in-depth look at the nuts and bolts of SNAP eligibility, benefit amount, online tools, troubleshooting, and appeal rights. This training is designed for participants who need the basic rules and advocacy tips including new legal services and community advocates, lawyers in private practice, and social and health services workers.