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MLRI Senior Policy Advocate Receives Massachusetts Meals on Wheels Association Kit Clark Award

BOSTON – Pat Baker, a senior policy analyst at Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, has been selected as one of three individuals to receive the Massachusetts Meals on Wheels (MAMOW) Association’s Kit Clark Award.  

The award is in recognition of Pat’s decade-long advocacy, which has contributed to a significant reversal of the state’s woefully low food stamp participation rate. Through her advocacy and leadership, Massachusetts has adopted state policy changes and federal options that have both removed access barriers and increased the value of monthly food stamp benefits, particularly among Massachusetts’ seniors.

Also receiving this honor are Julia Kehoe, Commissioner of the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), and Phuoc Cao, Director of the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP). The three recipients will be presented with their awards at MAMOW’s Annual Meeting on October 15.

MAMOW is an association of nutrition programs for the elderly across Massachusetts. The Kit Clark Award is presented annually to distinguished individuals who make a difference in seniors’ lives in the areas of food, nutrition and health. Past winners include Congressman James McGovern (2008) and Senator Ted Kennedy (2007).

About MLRI

Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) is a non-profit legal services organization committed to promoting social and economic justice across Massachusetts through advocacy, education and legal action. Its mission is to ensure the fundamental needs of traditionally underserved, low-income populations are met, and to advocate for systemic reforms to policies and practices that harm people living in poverty. MLRI’s staff work in a variety of fields, including housing, health care, public benefits, immigration law, court reform, employment law, racial equity, elder law, education and family law.

MLRI also provides support to client-based legal services organizations so they may best serve their constituencies. A 2008 assessment of MLRI conducted by three experienced, national peer reviewers affirmed that MLRI “is one of the premier state support centers in the country” and “remains the backbone of the Massachusetts civil legal aid delivery system.”

About Kit Clark and the Kit Clark Award

Catherine “Kit” Clark was a community activist in Boston who dedicated her life to serving others. In the early 1970s Kit retired and became actively involved in senior issues. In 1974 the Kit Clark Senior House opened, providing meals to seniors throughout the City of Boston. Kit died in 1977, leaving behind a rich legacy of community service and involvement. Since 1986, MAMOW has presented the Kit Clark Award to individuals who have demonstrated their dedication and support to senior nutrition services across the Commonwealth. 

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Date Posted: 9/30/2009 8:53 am