Proposals to cut or restrict access to nutrition assistance programs have been introduced in Congress and statehouses across the nation. With Congress due to reauthorize child nutrition programs—now is the time to ensure that all children have access to the healthy food they need to grow and thrive. Nutrition assistance programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), school lunches, summer meals, and other nutrition assistance programs are all essential to ensuring that millions of low-income families can get the nutrition they need. However, these programs and the people they serve are not always well understood by both the public and elected officials. You are the experts on these programs: help us educate Congress about why they matter in your communities.
You can help the Center for American Progress, TalkPoverty.org, the Food Research and Action Center, Feeding America, Witnesses to Hunger, and the Coalition on Human Needs educate policymakers by registering for the campaign and sharing your story about your experiences with nutrition assistance programs. We have also created a campaign toolkit with background and information about how to participate, and practical tools and resources to develop your story. Four people who participate by sharing their story and personal experience will have the opportunity to have their expenses paid to come to Washington, D.C. and share their stories in a day of action—meeting with officials, members of the media, and advocates. Participants in the campaign will also have the opportunity to be included in a new booklet of stories we will distribute to members of Congress. If you work or volunteer for a service agency, community group, or congregation, you can help by encouraging people who have used nutrition programs to register for the campaign. You may also wish to share your own experience as a service provider or advocate about how these programs meet needs in your community.
The campaign begins on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 and ends Friday, July 30th, 2015. In August, we will select individuals for the Washington DC day of action which will take place sometime in September. Selections will be based on the criteria described in the campaign rules and guidelines.