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Tell Congress to Protect Anti-hunger Programs!

As Congress works to write a new Farm Bill and bring our fiscal house in order, we must remind them that cutting programs that put food on the table for hungry Americans is not the right way to balance the budget. Help us urge Congress to protect and strengthen anti-hunger programs. Make your voice heard today!

To contact your United States Senators and Representative, please visit www.senate.gov and www.house.gov. Then copy and paste the following text into an email, sign your name and send it along. And thank you!


Subject: Please Protect Hunger Relief Programs in the Farm Bill

Dear [Decision Maker],

As Congress considers how to proceed on the Farm Bill in 2013, I urge you to oppose cutting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and invest in the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). I understand the need to balance the budget, but we must do it in a way that reflects our values as a nation. Asking hungry families to bear the burden of reducing the deficit does not reflect those values.

I know Congress is considering how to balance the budget, but cutting programs that help low-income Americans put food on the table is the wrong way to reduce our nation's deficit.  While food banks, churches, and pantries are doing great work in our community, charity alone cannot meet the need for food assistance.

You have an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of hungry Americans.  As Congress considers how to pass a new Farm Bill and reduce our national debt, Congress must protect and strengthen hunger-relief programs like the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  With unemployment still high and many Americans struggling to make ends meet, Congress cannot cut the programs that are helping many of our neighbors put food on the table.  Given the associated healthcare, educational, and economic costs of hunger and poor nutrition, these cuts are short-sighted and costly in the long run.   

As your constituent, I ask that you remember the families who are struggling in our state and remain committed to protecting programs that are a lifeline for hungry Americans.  Please protect and invest in TEFAP, SNAP, and other hunger-relief programs.    

Sincerely,

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
 



On February 5, 2013, Congressman James P. McGovern kicked off his “End Hunger Now” Speech Series on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.  To hear and view his speeches, click on the following links:

 

U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern kicks off End Hunger Now Speech Series

Rep. Jim McGovern's 2nd End Hunger Now speech: "A call for a White House Conference on Hunger"

Rep. Jim McGovern's 3rd End Hunger Now Speech: "A Place at the Table"

Rep. Jim McGovern's 4th End Hunger Now speech: "The Paradox of Hunger and Obesity"

U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern's 5th End Hunger Now Speech: "A Place at the Table Social Action Plan"

U.S. Rep. McGovern delivers 6th End Hunger Now Speech on The Ryan Budget and SNAP"

Rep. Jim McGovern's 7th "End Hunger Now" Speech: "Hunger as a Health Issue"


Hunger in America 2010

The Worcester County Food Bank, in conjunction with a nationwide effort by Feeding America, has just concluded a comprehensive study of the dimensions of hunger in Central Massachusetts.

The results from the study, Hunger in America 2010:
For more information visit :   Feeding America

 

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