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Category Archives: Food and Drink

HHS Secretary Polanowicz and DTA Commissioner Monahan Kick-Off the SNAP Challenge Posted on Jun 14

HHS Secretary Polanowicz and DTA Commissioner Monahan Kick-Off the SNAP Challenge

Secretary Polanowicz with wife Kathleen, shopping for groceries at the Springfield Save-A-Lot Secretary John Polanowicz kicked off the SNAP Challenge this week with a shopping trip at Save-A-Lot in Sprinfield to highlight the importance of this benefit as a front line defense against hunger. The   …Continue Reading HHS Secretary Polanowicz and DTA Commissioner Monahan Kick-Off the SNAP Challenge

DTA assists low-income households affected by the Back Bay blackout: Replacement SNAP benefits can be requested until close of business April 5 Posted on Apr 3

DTA assists low-income households affected by the Back Bay blackout: Replacement SNAP benefits can be requested until close of business April 5

By DTA Commissioner Dan Curley Few of us will forget the sight of the darkened Prudential Tower and surrounding buildings on the evening of March 13, especially those who live in the immediate area and were forced to evacuate their homes. A fire at an   …Continue Reading DTA assists low-income households affected by the Back Bay blackout: Replacement SNAP benefits can be requested until close of business April 5

A smart step toward reducing alcohol use among our youth Posted on Feb 7

A smart step toward reducing alcohol use among our youth

By Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. JudyAnn Bigby There’s no question that underage drinking is a serious public health problem in communities across the nation. Here in Massachusetts, we’ve made progress in reducing rates of alcohol consumption among our young people, but there’s still   …Continue Reading A smart step toward reducing alcohol use among our youth

Giving Thanks by Giving Back Posted on Nov 28

Giving Thanks by Giving Back

By DMH General Counsel Lester Blumberg   Each year the Wednesday before Thanksgiving I find myself walking into Florian Hall in Dorchester along with dozens of volunteers from the Department Mental Health, kids from local schools, members of the Boston Fire Department Local 718, Friends of   …Continue Reading Giving Thanks by Giving Back

A healthy lunch: This year’s hottest back-to-school fashion Posted on Sep 7

A healthy lunch: This year’s hottest back-to-school fashion

By Lani Telian, health communications specialist at DPH All across Massachusetts, you can hear the school bells ringing again. If you’re a parent, you know what that means – busy mornings getting the kids ready and out the door with backpacks and lunch bags in   …Continue Reading A healthy lunch: This year’s hottest back-to-school fashion