Oregon Food Bank Action Alert – support the Emergency Food Assistance Program.

March 6, 2010 at 7:18 pm Leave a comment

Oregon Food Bank needs you to take a moment right now to send an easy, pre-written e-mail to Senator Wyden, Senator Merkley, and Rep. David Wu to support The Emergency Food Assistance Program. Congress will soon consider crucial expansions to this program, which provides nutritious, U.S. Department of Agriculture foods to food banks in Oregon and across the country. If The Emergency Food Assistance Program isn’t adequately funded, it will be difficult for Oregon Food Bank to meet the growing need in our state.
The number of people facing hunger in Oregon has increased dramatically during the recession. Over 148,000 Oregonians have lost their jobs in the last two years. As a result, distribution of emergency food boxes throughout the Oregon Food Bank Network escalated to historic highs last year, with almost 900,000 emergency food boxes distributed.
The centerpiece of emergency food boxes in Oregon is the nutritious food we receive through The Emergency Food Assistance Program. Last year, we received over 10 million pounds of the foods our clients need and want–items like cheese, turkey and chicken, vegetables, grains, and juice–through The Emergency Food Assistance Program. We then distributed those foods to soup kitchens, food pantries, and other agencies across Oregon.
We are asking Congress to strengthen the program in two ways:
(1) Congress is currently funding storage and distribution for The Emergency Food Assistance Program foods at half the level it could, leaving food banks nationwide with fuel for only half the trip. Congress should fully fund storage and distribution of emergency foods at $100 million per year.
(2) Help feed the hungry and support farmers by encouraging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to purchase bonus commodities for The Emergency Food Program Assistance Program (bonus commodities are foods the government buys when there is an excess supply on the market).
Showing grassroots support for these policies is a key part of our strategy. We need your help.
Contact Congress Now
To learn more, read our reports on The Emergency Food Assistance Program: Fuel for Half the Trip and Keeping Our Heads Above Water. You might also want to visit our website and read our first quarter newsletter.
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