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. Read about legislation issues affecting hunger in our state and nation here.
Can you contact Congress on Tuesday, July 15 to encourage support of tax incentives for donating food and funds to food banks and other nonprofits?
The week of July 14, Congress will vote on legislation that would improve federal tax incentives for donating food and funds to food banks and other nonprofits, including food donation tax incentives and allowing donations of IRA rollovers to nonprofits. We need your help to mobilize thousands of phone calls to make sure that the House of Representatives passes this legislation.
Nonprofit organizations across the country are holding a national-call in day on July 15, and we need you to add your voice to this important effort. Help us make sure food banks have the resources they need to help struggling Americans by calling today! Here’s a sample script!
“As your constituent and supporter of my local food bank, I am calling you today to ask you to support food donation tax legislation that would help our food bank feed struggling Americans. Please support this and other charitable giving tax legislation that would help ensure our food bank has the food and the funds needed to continue supporting those in need in our community.”
Can you reach out to our federal and state legislators and encourage them to visit our food bank during their recess and support hunger efforts when they return to their sessions? Emails, phone calls, letters and connecting through their websites are all encouraged. Thank you for supporting our efforts to end hunger in our community!
Here’s a general response you can use. Better yet, use your own words to convey our important message:
As your constituent and a supporter of Food Bank of the Rockies, I am calling you today to ask you to support efforts to feed the hungry in our community. 1 in 7 Coloradans struggle with hunger and nearly 1 in 4 children live in food insecure households. During your recess, I encourage you to visit Food Bank of the Rockies in (Denver, Palisade or Mills Wyoming) to learn about their efforts, what hunger looks like in our state, and why legislative support for hunger is greatly needed.
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.