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June 2018 Newsletter – Missouri Community Action Network

Missouri Community Action Network

Missouri CAN Network Connection – June 2018
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ADVOCACY – A voice for low-income Missourians

Missouri Legislative Session Recap
We were involved in three key pieces of legislation--two we wanted to pass and one we did not--and all three bills proceeded as we had hoped.  Here’s a brief summary of this legislation:

  • PASSED: HB 11/Appropriations for Health, Mental Health, and Social Services: Missouri CAN testified this past legislative session to advocate for the transfer of LIHEAP dollars to LIWAP/Weatherization. Once again the transfer was successful.
  • PASSED: HB 1625/Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (and SB 787): This legislation mandates that the state's Department of Agriculture apply for a grant under the US Department of Agriculture's Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program to provide low-income seniors with vouchers or other approved and acceptable methods of payment, including electronic cards that may be used to purchase eligible foods at farmers' markets, roadside stands, and community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs.
  • NOT PASSED: HB 1486/SNAP Work Requirements: This legislation proposed to cut off SNAP benefits from heads of households with dependents if they do not meet cumbersome work-tracking rules or win an exemption from documenting work hours per week. Our Network spoke out against this dangerous legislation and signed off on a letter spearheaded by Empower Missouri opposing the bill alongside 150 other groups similar to our Network.

Explore Missouri CAN’s Public Policy Priorities.

NETWORK CAPACITY – Helping you help others

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Missouri CAN CAPACITY – Helping us help you

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  • Missouri CAN 2018 Annual Conference Wrap Up
  • MCAN’s Recent Agency Visits
  • Missouri CAN to Present at Community Action Partnership Annual Convention in Denver
    Our Strategic Communications Manager, Sarah Hackman, has been selected to lead two sessions.  As the Partnership continues to equip Community Action professionals with communication training and tools, Sarah's two sessions, "How to Take Better Photos" and "Visual Storytelling."
  • Upcoming Events


At Missouri CAN, our mission is to advocate for low-income Missourians and strengthen the Community Action Network.
We envision a state where all people and communities thrive.

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