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In The Bank

Posted on Friday, October 14th, 2011

Dear Friends of the Food Bank,

I’m reaching out to you to ask that you convey to urge Senators Scott Brown and John Kerry to vote for passage of the Senate’s FY2012 Agriculture Appropriations legislation when it comes to the Senate floor and to oppose any amendments that would strip funding from valuable food assistance programs.

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts’ ability to serve our region is at stake. This bill funds programs such as the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), which are critical to addressing hunger in low-income families all across the state.

Hunger is a real problem in the Commonwealth.  With unemployment stuck above 9% nationally and millions of families struggling to find work or working for reduced wages, the need for food assistance in our community remains incredibly high.  Here in Western Massachusetts, nearly one in four kids lives with food insecurity, not always knowing where their next meal will come from. Protecting anti-hunger programs throughout the budget process is critical not only to reducing hunger in our state, but to making sure that more families don’t become hungry as their already resources would need to stretch further if these cuts were to pass.  Let your elected officials know that you are concerned about the well being of Massachusetts children, seniors, and hard-working families—these are our neighbors facing hunger.

TAKE ACTION

1. Call Massachusetts Senators Brown and Kerry.

Just call the Hunger Action Center hotline at 1-877-698-8228 to be connected directly to both of your Senators. You will be asked to enter your home zip code. When you are transferred through to the Senators’ offices, please deliver the following message:

  • I urge Senator [Name] to vote for passage of the Senate’s FY2012 Agriculture Appropriations legislation when it comes to the Senate floor and to oppose any amendments that would strip funding from valuable food assistance programs.
  • This bill funds programs such as the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) which are critical to addressing hunger in low-income families all across the state.
  • Hunger is a real problem in Massachusetts.  With unemployment stuck above 9% nationally and millions of families struggling to find work or working for reduced wages, the need for food assistance in our community remains incredibly high.  Protecting anti-hunger programs throughout the budget process is critical to reducing hunger in our state.

2. Keep up the Pressure through Social Media!

After you call, you can further amplify your voice by posting your message on Senator Brown’s or Senator Kerry’s Facebook page or spreading the word through your own social media networks. Be sure to include your zip code in your message to let the senators know you are a constituent and simply urge to vote YES on the FY2012 Agriculture Appropriations bill. We must use all of the channels available to let our elected officials know we are watching their votes closely!

If you have any questions, please call us at The Food Bank (413.247.9738) and we’ll be happy to chat, or email foodbank@foodbankwma.org, and someone on staff will try to answer any questions you may have.

Thank you for your time and concern.

Sincerely,

Andrew Morehouse
Executive Director
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts

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