New Offering of Letter’s Sample Letter

August 15, 2007 at 5:21 am Leave a comment

New Sample Letter!

If you have not had an Offering of Letters yet but plan to, we have a new sample letter. The new sample letter is below or you can click here for a 1-page PDF.

The House passed its version of a farm bill last month and the Senate debate on the farm bill will (likely) start in September. Frankly, there were many things in the House bill that need to be improved. In particular, the bill continues our current commodity payment system that disproportionately supports the largest commercial farms, but does little to improve the lives of farmers of modest means here in America and abroad. The bill did make some meaningful improvements to programs like food stamps, international school lunch, and emergency food. We think the Senate can do better. Click here to see Bread’s reaction to the House bill.

Pray and march on…

I’d just like to thank you again for standing up in this campaign to reduce hunger. We knew this campaign was going to be difficult, but we’ve been a part of a tremendous coalition of anti-poverty groups, environmentalists, farm groups, and even taxpayer rights groups – that have been working together to build a case for reform. Many people thought we couldn’t do what we’ve done. But much of the journey is still ahead. We will keep you updated on opportunities to stay involved. For now, thanks, and onward…

Sample Letter
Senator ____________ U.S. Senate Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Sen. _________________,
I am disappointed that the House of Representatives did not create a farm bill that truly addresses the inequities of the farm commodity payment system. The Senate can do better! Please do everything in your power to ensure that the Senate’s version of the farm bill reforms farm commodity payments to provide more fairness to struggling family farmers here in the U.S. and in the poorest parts of the world. It should also include significant improvements to nutrition, rural development, and conservation.
These reforms are important because commodity payments have been structured to help the largest producers of a few crops, at the expense of other farmers and other programs. Meanwhile, rural poverty is high and growing, as is hunger throughout the United States. We need to change these priorities!
Your NameYour AddressYour City, State, Zip
http://www.bread.org/take-action/offering-of-letters-resources/Sample-Letter.pdf – PDF version

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