|Sustainable Development Goal #2|
There are 42 million people in this country--13 million of them children and over 5 million of them seniors--living in households struggling with hunger. This problem would be far, far worse if not for the nation’s very effective anti-hunger programs:
- the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program ( SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) ;
- the National School Breakfast and School Lunch programs;
- the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) that provides nutritious meals for children in child care, Head Start, and afterschool programs and shelters;
- the Summer Meals programs;
- the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC);
- The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) , which provides commodities to food banks;
- the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations; and
- nutrition programs for the elderly (e.g., the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) and congregate and home-delivered meals).
|Sustainable Development Goal #1|
In particular, SNAP, as our nation’s first line of defense against hunger, has the broadest reach. It is structured to respond effectively to need as a result of economic downturns, natural disasters, and other causes.
We now are expanding the reach of this common message to include national, state and local organizations demonstrating the diverse groundswell of support for the federal nutrition programs. Follow this link to view and sign your organization (organizations only, please) onto this statement.
We aim to get thousands of organizational signatures. To achieve this level of support it is imperative that we all reach out to our networks in every state and Congressional District. We urge you to disseminate this advocacy ask as widely as possible.
This sign-on letter will be shared with all Members of Congress and the new Administration.
Deadline: This letter will be a key advocacy resource for the National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference, March 5th-7th in Washington, DC. Follow this link for more on the conference. Please sign your organization onto this letter by Wednesday, March 1 to ensure your organization is listed in the FRAC Lobby Day (March 7) materials.
_____________________________________________________________Soon, the new Congress and President-elect Trump will be sworn in and will begin making key decisions. We call on them to recommit America to one of its most important and widely agreed-upon beliefs , one that has deep and long-standing bipartisan support: nobody in this country should go hungry. We call on them to safeguard the federal nutrition programs, including protecting the programs against block grants or other structural changes that would undermine the ir effectivenes ; fully fund ing these programs and defend ing them against bud get cuts; and taking steps to assure all hungry people in our country receive the help they need. We look forward to working with the new Congress and President-elect Trump toward the goal of ending hunger in the United States.
|The Alliance to End Hunger|
|Bread for the World|
|Center on Budget and Policy Priorities|
|Congressional Hunger Center|
|Food Research and Action Center|
|Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger|
|Meals on Wheels America|
|No Kid Hungry|
|Society of St. Andrew|