Tell Congress to Protect Hunger-Relief Programs
Last week, House of Representatives passed their version of the FY2011 Continuing Resolution (H.R. 1) by a vote of 235-189. This bill is intended to fund the Federal government from March 4th through the remainder of the fiscal year. In total, this legislation contains more than $65 billion of cuts to non-security discretionary spending compared to what was enacted last year. Several hunger-relief programs which are critical to food banks and low income Americans struggling with hunger, faced serious cuts:
* The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) was cut by $20 million compared to the funding level enacted last year.
* The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) Infrastructure Grants was zeroed out. This program was funded for the first time last year at $6 million.
We understand that Congress must make some difficult decisions to balance the budget. However, as advocates for the hungry, we must let our leaders in Washington know that they should not balance the budget on the backs of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens.
Help us urge Congress to protect hunger-relief programs by calling your Senators right now.
Here's how you can call your Senators:
* Dial 877-698-8228 and enter your zip code to connect directly to your Senator's office.
* Tell them that you are a constituent and state the name of the town you are calling from.
* Let them know you are calling about H.R. 1
* Deliver this simple message:
As an advocate for hungry Americans and a supporter of my local food bank, I urge you to oppose cuts to CSFP and other programs that are vital to food banks and low-income people at risk of hunger.