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National Call in Day – November 12th, 2014
Congress will return to Washington to finish its remaining 2014 business. Extending several expiring tax provisions will be high priorities for both parties. Our goal is toensure that extension of the food donation tax deduction (HR 4719) is included. We need you to show Congress that food banks, agencies, and donors support this legislation and to articulate the positive effects it will have in your community.
Calling Congress is easy! Here’s how:
- Dial our toll free number, (888) 398-8702, listen to the pre-recorded message and enter your zip code when prompted.
- Once you are connected to your senators first,state that you are a constituent, and give your name and the town you are calling from.
- Let them know you are calling about food donation tax legislationand deliver this important message:
- Please include the America Gives More Act (HR 4719) in tax legislation this year.
- The legislation improves tax incentives for food donation and would help farmers, small businesses, and other donors to donate more food to food banks and other local charities.
- We waste 70 billion pounds of food in this country, and yet nearly 47M Americans are turning to food banks for help.
- You can help our food bank get more food to hungry children, the elderly, veterans and their families in our community by passing food donation legislation before the end of the year.
- Thank you, I vote and I will be watching.
Please be sure to call back in to the number above and speak with both of your senators and your representative.THANK YOU!
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.