Be An Advocate for Hunger!
Food Bank of the Rockies advocates to fight hunger both locally and on the national level through Feeding America. Please see updates below for ways you can help! Sign up for email alerts here.
Update: March 11, 2015
Can You Contact Your U.S. Representative?
We Need Your Help This Week!
Can you reach out to your U.S. Representative and ask them to support The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)? The food we receive through this program is critical for our programs and partner agencies to help feed more than 411,000 people in need in our service area. Your phone call, email or letter can really make a difference!
As the Appropriations process heats up in Congress, we are making an all-out push to urge the House and Senate Appropriations Committee to provide full funding for TEFAP Storage and Distribution to help food banks and emergency feeding agencies offset the costs of storing, transporting, and distributing USDA commodities. TEFAP Storage and Distribution is authorized at $100 million per year in the farm bill but has been appropriated at only about half of that amount in recent years. The push also includes asking Congress to provide full funding for Section 32 so that USDA can provide market support through bonus commodities for TEFAP when prices are low.
- Ask your Member of Congress to sign the TEFAP Dear Colleague letter sponsored by Representatives Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Don Young (R-AK), and Robert Brady (D-PA). This bipartisan letter is an important way your Member can support TEFAP. Congressional staff should email Kellie.Adesina@mail.house.gov with questions.
- Ask your Member of Congress to submit a program funding request for TEFAP storage and distribution. Have them contact Food Bank of the Rockies or Feeding America with any questions they may have.
Thank you for supporting our advocacy efforts!
Every five years, Congress must reauthorize child nutrition programs. During this process, Congress will debate new funding levels, ways to strengthen and improve the programs, and develop new policies to make sure our nation’s children have access to healthy, nutritious food. The current bill, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, is set to expire on September 30, 2015.
What can you do to help?
You can help us shape the debate in Washington simply by lending your voice to this important matter. Make sure you are receiving our emails so we can contact you about the latest news coming from Congress and how you can get involved.
Here’s a sample letter:
One year from now, Congress will decide how to fund child nutrition programs and the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. I’m writing to you today to let you know that I’ll be closely watching what you do because ending child hunger in America is an issue that’s near and dear to my heart.
Given that one-in-five households with children are food insecure, we can, and must, do better. Nobody should be hungry in America, and as a Member of Congress, you have an opportunity to make a real impact by passing legislation that ensures kids have enough to eat so they can thrive in the classroom and beyond.
As Congress begins to debate Child Nutrition Reauthorization, I hope you are willing to be a champion for our nation’s children, especially when they are not in school and no longer have access to school lunch and breakfast. You have an opportunity to take an important step towards building a stronger America by ensuring our nation’s kids have the fuel they need to succeed. I hope you take advantage of it.
Email to your Members of Congress to visit Food Bank of the Rockies through this easy form from Feeding America, so they understand what hunger looks like in their community. We encourage you to customize it in your own words.
Contact Congress through Feeding America’s hotline:
- Call our 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 your hometown. Be sure to give the name of the food bank or local agency you are affiliated with as well.
- Let them know you are calling about the Farm Bill and deliver your message.
- Dial back in to make sure you talk to both of your Senators and your Representative.
Recruit others by spreading the word through your social media channels and share our posts for call-in day so others can help too.
Thanks for helping us be a voice for food banks and our neighbors in need at this critical time.
We appreciate your help!
Colorado HB14-1119 Helps Colorado Farmers, Ranchers and the Hungry
Governor Hickenlooper signed Colorado Charitable Crop Donation Bill into law May 30, 2014. The 25-percent tax credit will go into effect January 2015 and be offered to local producers who donate excess foods to Colorado food banks.
Thank you to all who helped make this tax credit for farmers and ranchers a reality. More hungry people will have nutritious local food to eat thanks to everyone who supported this legislation. House Bill 14-1119 advanced from the House of Representatives and Senate, with widespread support under the dome and in Colorado communities. Read the act here.
The Colorado Charitable Crop Donation Act not only will increase fresh-food donations from local producers but also provide struggling Coloradans with additional access to fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy products and meat products. 1 in 7 Coloradans face a time when there is not enough money to buy food.
Feeding Colorado—Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado, Community Food Share, Food Bank for Larimer County, Food Bank of the Rockies and Weld Food Bank—served as originating supporters for this legislation, along with tremendous support from Hunger Free Colorado, Colorado Farm Bureau, Colorado Nonprofit Association, CSU-Extension, LiveWell Colorado and Rocky Mountain Farmers Union. The bill was sponsored by Rep. McLachlan (D-Durango), Sen. Hodge (D-Brighton) and Sen. Roberts (R-Durango), and co-sponsored by Rep. Dore (R-Elizabeth).
“Passing the Colorado Charitable Crop Donation Act to help our agricultural industry provide additional food for the hungry is a ‘win-win’ for our entire community,” said Jim Baldwin, president of Feeding Colorado, the originating sponsor of the legislation. “Feeding Colorado is grateful for the bipartisan support of this bill and excited to be able to distribute more farm-fresh food through our programs and partner agencies.”
The Farm Bill Passes February 4, 2014
For three years, Feeding America, Food Bank of the Rockies and our fellow Feeding America member food banks and many constituents have fought tooth and nail to ensure that the Farm Bill protects hunger-relief programs and advances our mission of a hunger-free America.
Thanks to everyone’s efforts, we prevented the most harmful cuts, however, any reduction in SNAP benefits will have a significant impact. The $8.6 billion cut means that 850,000 SNAP recipients will lose an average of $90 in monthly benefits. That’s real food for families who are struggling.
Thank you for supporting our efforts in Washington to help hungry people.