Be an Advocate
This week, the House and Senate are expected to vote on budget resolutions that would attempt to balance the budget in 10 years.
While these resolutions are non-binding, they will almost certainly be used to draft legislation that would balance the budget on the backs of low-income Americans by cutting hunger-relief programs.
It is important to send a strong message to let Congress know that cutting programs to provide nutritious food to children and their families in America is the wrong way to balance the budget. Please call your representative in the House and both Texas Senators with a clear message: Protect the programs that help us fight hunger among children, the elderly, and their families in America.
Call Congress Today!
It’s Easy - Here's how:
Just dial our toll free number, (888) 398-8702, listen to the pre-recorded message and enter your zip code when prompted.
1) Once you are connected to your first Member of Congress, state that you are a constituent, tell them that you vote and will be watching, and give your name and the town you are calling from.
2) State that you are calling about the budget and deliver this important message:
3) As your constituent and supporter of the Houston Food Bank, I am calling you today to urge you to vote against any efforts to cut or block-grant hunger-relief programs like SNAP when you consider the budget resolution. SNAP benefits have already been cut twice in the last two years. Your constituents rely on these programs, and our food bank will be unable to meet the need in our community if these programs are cut.
4) Please find a more responsible way to balance the budget.
Please dial back in and speak with your representative and both Texas Senators.
How to Reach Your Representative and Senator
in the Texas State Legislature
Tell your State Senator or Representative that you support Feeding with Impact -- an effort by the Houston Food Bank and other food banks in Texas who are asking for $20 million to acquire more fresh produce for hungry families and individuals. Our food banks work together through our state association, Feeding Texas.
Of that amount, $18 million would pay for harvesting, packaging, transportation and storage; $2 million would expand Brighter Bites, a Houston Food Bank partner program that provides fresh produce and education to kids and their families in area schools. The program started here in Houston and is expanding throughout the state.
How to Reach Your Member of Congress
Please click the link below to find Your Member of Congress and Contact Information - Who is my Representative
Food insecurity continues to be a persistent challenge in Texas and across the country, as shown by data from the 2014 Map the Meal Gap report, issued by Feeding America. And things could get worse for people in the middle class or low income families, if Congress accepts the federal budget recently passed in the House.
According to Map the Meal Gap, overall food insecurity in the Houston Food Bank’s 18-county service area decreased slightly, but child food insecurity increased by .5%, or 11,000 kids. Many of these kids don’t have a safety net. Roughly one third of children who are food insecure are not likely eligible for any federal food program benefits, including reduced/free school lunch or school breakfast, if the schools they attend don’t offer the meals to all students.
Given this stunning reality, House-passed budget cuts are completely unacceptable. They would harm children and their families while granting important tax reductions for millionaires. The House-passed Budget provides for an $87,000 tax break for each of our 27,347 millionaires, and a $2,000 average increase in taxes for each of our middle class families.
Other House-proposed budget cuts would affect the population served by the Houston Food Bank:
- 296,014 Texan seniors would pay more for medicine through reinstating the prescription drug “doughnut hole”;
- 44,260 college students would not receive Pell Grants;
- and, 12,350 more children would lose access to Head Start programs.
A Call to Action
Please communicate with your Congressional Representative to ask how (s)he voted on the House budget. If (s)he voted for it, please tell them that:
- you vote;
- further cuts in nutrition and other provisions which help Texas children and families are not acceptable;
- and, neither are additional tax breaks for the richest among us.
Did you know?
- Texas has one of the highest rates of child food insecurity in the country
- Every day 66,200 people in Houston are hungry - 5,000 of them children
- Each year the Houston Food Bank feeds 800,000 people - 47% are children
- 43% of hungry families must choose between food and medicine
YOU have the power to help end hunger. Let your elected officials know today that you want them to support comprehensive anti-hunger initiatives. Take a stand now because hunger is unacceptable.
If you have not done so, please register to vote now so your voice counts in future elections.
Make a call to Senator (R-Texas) John Cornyn Office
Phone: (202) 224-2934
District Phone: (972) 239-1310
Make a call to Senator (R-Texas) Ted Cruz's Office
Phone: (202) 224-5922
District Phone: (512) 916-5834
Click here for addtional information hunger resources.
For additional questions, please contact Dr. Pamela Berger at 713-547-8611.