Call to Protect Hunger-Relief Programs!
The time has come. In the beginning of the new year, Congress will decide the fate of hunger-relief programs like The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and SNAP (food stamps) in the Farm Bill, and we need to mobilize thousands of phone calls to make sure they protect hungry families by investing in and protecting important hunger-relief programs like these.
The Food Bank is joining anti-hunger organizations across the country in organizing the public to call their Members of Congress, and we need YOU to use your voice on behalf of hungry families in our community. Please make a phone call to your Members of Congress today and help ensure that struggling Americans still have access to programs that help put food on the table.
CALLING CONGRESS IS EASY! HERE'S WHAT TO DO:
1. Call the toll-free advocacy hotline at 1-888-398-8702.
2. Listen to the pre-recorded message and enter your zip code when prompted. You will be told your Members of Congress' names. Connect to your Representative first. Once you are connected to your Representative's office, tell them that you live in their district and give your name and your hometown.
3. Let them know you are calling about the Farm Bill and deliver this important message:
As someone who lives in the district and a supporter of Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, I am calling today to ask [REPRESENTATIVE'S NAME] to oppose cutting SNAP and ensure that $300 million is invested in The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) for food banks in the final Farm Bill. I understand the need to reduce the deficit, but increasing hunger is not the way to do it. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Please make sure to dial back so you talk to both of your Senators and your Representative.
You can also help spread the word by telling your family, friends and colleagues to call, and posting information about the call-in day on your social media outlets.
On behalf of the Food Bank and the nearly 315,000 food insecure residents in our service area, thank you for taking a few minutes today to speak out against hunger and protect vital nutrition assistance programs that help our neighbors in need.