Over the next few days, Congress will decide the fate of hunger-relief programs, including TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program, the distribution of USDA food commodities to low-income households) and SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program formerly known as Food Stamps) in the Farm Bill.
Second Harvest Food Bank is joining anti-hunger organizations across the country for a national-call in day, 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 on Wednesday 12/4 and help ensure that struggling Americans still have access to programs that help put food on the table.
Calling Congress is easy! Here’s how:
• Call the advocacy hotline at (888) 398-8702.
• Listen to the pre-recorded message and enter your zip code when prompted. Connect to your Representative first. Once you are connected to your Representative, state that you are a constituent and give your name and hometown.
• Let them know you are calling about the Farm Bill and deliver this important message:
As your constituent and a supporter of Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County, I am calling you today to ask you 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.
Dial back to make sure you talk to both of your Senators and your Representative.
Recruit others by spreading the word through your social media channels.