Learn about recent legislation supported by Food Help Worcester

An Act to Protect the Safety Net

This legislation seeks to ensure that DTA asks for community feedback before closing or relocating their offices. In the past year, DTA has closed the Plymouth office and relocated to the Worcester office.

This legislation will require DTA to have a hearing and take into account demographics, poverty rate, transportation, accessibility, and other requirements. With everything going virtual during covid, we are concerned that more offices may close. H. 234 and S.134, is sponsored by Senator Moore, Representative Keefe, and Representative Duffy. If you want to get involved or have your organization sign on please go here.  You can also email Gina at gina@healthygreaterworcester.org or Casey casey@healthygreaterworcester.org if you have any questions.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly Food Stamps, helps you and your family buy food needed for good health. You can receive up to $259 for one person and up to $835 for a family of four to buy food.

To buy food with your SNAP benefit, you use an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, which works like a debit card. SNAP only works for food. Enrolling in SNAP gives you automatic additional benefits, including free school meals for your children, discounts on your utility bill, and access to the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP), which provides a bonus to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets.

An Act concerning Food Insecurity and Supporting the Restaurant Industry

The Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) will allow low-income Massachusetts residents who are age 60 or older, severely disabled, or homeless to use their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) EBT benefits to buy nutritious prepared meals at participating restaurants.

Many residents struggle with being able to cook and prepare nutritious meals for themselves, especially if they lack cooking facilities, have mobility challenges and/or difficulty preparing hot food. H. 207 and S.118, is sponsored by Senator Ed Kennedy and Representative Daniel Donohue. If you want to get involved or have your organization sign on please go here.  You can also email Gina at gina@healthygreaterworcester.org, Pat at pbaker@mlri.org, and Casey at casey@healthygreaterworcester.org

legislation supported by Food Help Worcester


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Promoting Racial Equity Helps End Hunger

People of color are a much greater risk of hunger and poverty than the overall U.S. population because of the impact of structural racism.

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Restaurant Meals Program Flyer

Legislation to support utilizing SNAP benefits at restaurants for those who are age 60 or older, homeless, or have a severe disability.

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Protecting Safety Net Access Flyer

Legislation that would require the DTA to give notice and hold public hearings in communities affected by proposed office closure or relocation.

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