Oregon Food Bank Action alert on Tanf emergency fund

September 15, 2010 at 7:09 am Leave a comment

Urgent Action: Please send Sen. Ron Wyden and Sen. Jeff Merkley an email through our easy online system to support the TANF Emergency Contingency Fund.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) created an Emergency Contingency Fund under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. It is set to expire on September 30, 2010. Oregon, Washington, and other states used this fund to create subsidized jobs in the private and public sectors. By the time it expires at the end of this month, the fund will have created approximately 250,000 jobs nationwide for low-income parents and older youth who would otherwise be unemployed.

Oregon and Washington also used this fund to provide basic, short-term assistance to increasing numbers of poor families with children. As unemployment remains high and more workers exhaust their unemployment benefits, these emergency funds are more important than ever.

Please write to your senators and ask them to immediately extend the TANF Emergency Contingency Fund which will bolster job creation, keep much-needed income in local economies, support local businesses, and make it possible for low-income parents to cover basic expenses.

Contact Your Senators Now
…because no one should be hungry.
Sarah Flynn
Oregon Food Bank

Entry filed under: Legislative Updates.

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