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ACTION ALERT

Congress is running out of time before they recess until November for campaign season, and will have to pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government. The proposed CR will likely fund the government at the previous year’s levels—before the farm bill was passed. Additional TEFAP funding from the farm bill ($50 million for FY15) may not be included in the CR.

We need to act quickly. Please call both your senators and your representative today, September 11, to help make sure every Member of Congress is aware of this important issue.

Calling Congress is easy! Here’s how:

  1. Call the Feeding America advocacy hotline at(888) 398-8702
  2. Listen to the pre-recorded message and enter your zip code when prompted. Once you are connected:
      • state that you are a constituent and that you vote;
      • give your name and your hometown
      • state you are in the Houston Food Bank service area and will be watching
  3. Let them know you are calling about the Continuing Resolution and deliver this important message:
      • I am calling about a matter of critical importance to the Houston Food Bank.
      • As you finalize the Continuing Resolution, please make sure the increase in TEFAP funding from the 2014 Farm Bill is included in the final CR bill.
  4. Be sure to dial back so you can speak with both of your senators and your representative.

Don't give away your voice and power.  Vote!  If you aren't registered, just visit this page. 

The Texas Civic Health Index, a recent Report from the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, U.T. at Austin, concludes that based on U.S. Census data, “Rates of political participation in Texas are low compared with the rest of the nation.  Since 1972, Texas has consistently lagged well behind national voter turnout in both midterm and presidential elections.  Texas also ranks among the lowest states in terms of the numbers of citizens who contact public officials…” and “…Texas ranks among the lowest in the nation among many measures of political and civic participation”. 

  • Don’t be a no-show at the polls!
  • Don’t give our elected officials a free-pass to ignore 93% of the population eligible to vote! 
  • Remember if you don’t vote elected officials have no reason to be accountable to you. 
  • Register to vote, make sure your family and friends are registered to vote, and get out and vote!  

Our Texas – and elected officials – will be as supportive of children and their families as we insist upon – and right now we are not insisting on much.  According to Kids Count, a study released in 2014 by the Annie B. Casey Foundation, Texas is still within the bottom 10 states in which to be a kid.  

As 1 of every 11 U.S. children lives in Texas, implications for our nation should be clear; 

  • Texas ranks 32nd among the States in poverty (more children live in poverty than in 2005);
  • Texas ranks 34th in education with well-over half of kids not attending any pre-school
  • Texas ranks 40th  in health care; and ,
  • Texas ranks 47th in family and community with 19% of children living in high-poverty neighborhoods and 23% living in a family in which no parent has a high school diploma.   

Policy Matters

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. 


 

Register to vote.

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.

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