On Hunger Action Day (Thursday, September 14), The Greater Boston Food Bank is asking you to join our collective voice in calling our Massachusetts Members of Congress to advocate for hunger policies.
Please call your Member of Congress and thank them for protecting our federal hunger safety net. Ask them to urge their colleagues in Congress to do the same. One in 10 people in Massachusetts are food insecure, and we Congress’s help need to ensure they have the healthy food they need.
Currently, there is a House budget proposal that would cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by $160 billion. Our Massachusetts Members of Congress have all opposed those cuts, but we want to urge them to ask their colleagues to do the same.
In addition, the Farm Bill must be reauthorized by Congress. In the Farm Bill, we are asking our Members to protect SNAP and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), which provides food and storage to food banks across the US.
We believe it is necessary to send a strong message early in this process and let them know that cutting programs that our clients rely on is the wrong way to balance the budget. Help us generate phone calls across the state to Congress with a clear message—protect the programs that help us fight hunger in America!
Calling Congress is easy. Here’s how:
I’m your constituent and I want to thank you for standing up for Massachusetts families in need by fighting against cuts or harmful changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and increase funding for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) in the upcoming farm bill.[Insert specific hunger story if you have one]
It’s who we are as Americans to help our neighbors when they need it most. With one in 10 people in Massachusetts being food insecure, we encourage [Insert Member of Congress’s Name] to help struggling families who do not have enough to eat by working with your colleagues to keep SNAP strong and increase TEFAP funds in the upcoming farm bill. We can End Hunger together.
If you have any questions about the federal call-in day, please contact Catherine Drennan, GBFB’s public affairs manager, at 617-598-5067 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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