Special Message – Your Support is Requested
The need for food is at an all-time high in our communities. Children, the working poor, people who cannot find jobs, senior citizens and more are in need. Critical federally funded nutrition programs are at risk of losing millions of dollars of support. Current budget proposals in Washington recommend huge cuts.
What does this mean for Central Florida?
If the current proposals were passed by the Senate in the next couple of months, the equivalent of over one million meals could be lost for Central Florida.
- There would be a significant decline in the amount of TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program) food.
- There would be millions less in SNAP (Food Stamps) for our area.
- WIC (Women Infant & Children) would be cut back significantly impacting women, infants and children.
Action Required: Call State Senators Nelson and Rubio as well as your U.S. Representative’s offices. The phone numbers are below. When you call, you will most likely not be connected to the Senator or Representative, you will be speaking to a legislative aid. They track every call so it’s important to call. When the number of calls starts to add up, they pay attention. You are the voice of the people who are most vulnerable when you’re speaking to these elected officials and their staff.
Simple Message to deliver
- We want you to reduce the deficit – but not on the backs of hungry and poor people.
- If possible, tell a personal story of someone you know that is need. (a neighbor, friend, kids, seniors, unemployed)
- Protect the funding around the programs below. The House passed bill H.R.2112 on June 16 to cut millions from them. Ask them to turn this around with the Senate.
- SNAP, formerly Food Stamps / WIC (Women, Infants & Children)
- TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program)
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is working in collaboration with Feeding America, of which we are a Member; Bread For The World and FRAC (Food Research and Action Council). We all share the common interest of these federally funded programs and the benefits for people in need.
Representative Sandy Adams
Representative Corrine Brown
Representative John Mica
Representative Daniel Webster
Winter Garden: 407-654-5705
Representative Richard Nugent
If you prefer to write a letter to some of the officials that works well. Any communication on this topic can make a difference. Please pass this message along if possible. Thank you!
If you need further information, please do not hesitate to call:
Dave Krepcho, President/CEO, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
Office: 407-295-1066, ext. 38