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Members of Congress return to their home states and districts in August to hear from constituents. With the fiscal year 2018 budget negotiations heating up, what lawmakers hear from constituents in August will impact the decisions they make. Your senators and representative host in-district events, such as town halls and listening sessions. Check with your member’s office for events you can attend. The month-long work period is a great opportunity to reach out to your elected officials and talk about hunger and the budget. You can even help facilitate a meeting or site visit, but you have to start planning early. For in-district meetings, download Talking Points, Preparing for Pushback, and find additional resources in the grassroots tool kit at the bottom of this page.
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When Christine Tamara traveled to Washington, D.C., in June for Bread for the World’s annual Lobby Day, she may not have realized she was carrying valuable information that her U.S. Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.-42) needed.
Tamara understands the needs her Orange County community faces by the number of people who visit her church’s food pantry. She has local knowledge and she has a story to tell.
That type of “on the ground” information is something your members of Congress want, but don’t always get. According to the Congressional Management Foundation’s most recent report, Citizen-Centric Advocacy: The Untapped Power of Constituent Engagement, the three most valuable pieces of information a constituent can provide their member of Congress is:
Stories about government-funded programs that help end hunger are especially needed as Congress negotiates the fiscal year 2018 budget.
Bread expects the House budget resolution to be released soon and to propose major tax cuts, increased funding for defense appropriations, and $200 billion in fast-tracked mandatory spending cuts. Those cuts would likely come from programs, such as SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), TANF, and Medicaid.
Churches, like the one Tamara belong to, are doing their part to alleviate need in their community, but they need government to do its part too.
Churches do not have enough capacity or financial reserves to fill in the gap left behind by deep cuts to the safety net.
“I have personally met parents from my children’s school that have shared how both parents are working and still find it challenging to provide plenty of food for their growing children,” she said.
The decisions made in Calvert’s Washington D.C., office have far-reaching consequences on the other side of the United States in the California district he represents. Tamara used her story to convey why she wanted Calvert’s office to support policies that decrease hunger and poverty.
“I also added how I see with my own eyes young children walking to and from school, at too early of an age, all by themselves because mom and dad have to work to provide shelter and food which unfortunately leads them unattended,” Tamara said.
She added: “This for me hits a very sore nerve because I think that as parents we should have the opportunity, the privilege, and the right to care for our children physically, spiritually, and emotionally without having to compromise their well being.”
With August recess just around the corner, many Bread members are setting up in-district meetings or attending local events with lawmakers. Anti-hunger advocates have a role to play in the funding decisions that their members of Congress make in the budget. Like Tamara, we are all experts in our own community and can put a human face on policy.
The Activist Tool Kit is intended for new and current Bread grassroots hunger activists. It provides a set of how-to sheets for carrying out advocacy and fact sheets on the current issues Bread for the World is working on.
It's ideal as a starter toolkit for new Bread activists or as a set of updates for current activists. Form your own toolkit by printing out some or all of the sheets in the kit.
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