BECOME A HUNGER FREE ACTIVIST
We are calling on you become an Activist for a Hunger Free San Diego. Sign up for email action alerts to stay up-to-date about how to strengthen access to food resources. As a Hunger Free Activist, you will:
- Stay up-to-date on issues of importance to our community
- Receive a variety of options for participation so you can decide your level of engagement.
- Access the information and tools you need to be effective – from specialized advocacy training to talking points.
- Enjoy privacy. We will not share your name or information with anyone outside our organization without specifically asking for permission.
Your voice can make a real difference in the lives of everyday San Diegans struggling to feed their families.
CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS & URGE THEM TO OPPOSE ANY CHANGES TO SNAP IN THE DRAFT FARM BILL
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known as CalFresh in California, is part of the Nutrition Title of the federal Farm Bill, the largest title in the bill. The Farm Bill is set to be re-authroized this year and the House of Representative's current draft of the bill proposes devastating structural changes and harsher work requirements that would only increase hunger and hardship in our region and across the county.
More than 260,000 low-income residents of San Diego County rely on CalFresh/SNAP to help make ends meet. Follow the steps below to contact your Representative in Congress and urge them to oppose any Farm Bill that includes changes to CalFresh/SNAP.
Step 2: Find the phone number for your Representative's District Office below and call. When a staffer answers the phone, use the script below to let your representatives know that their constituents want them to take a strong stand to eliminate hunger in their communities.
Script: Hello! My name is [NAME] and I live in Representative [REP NAME’s] district. I am calling to ask [him/her] to be a leader in opposing harmful changes or cuts to SNAP that would have devastating impacts on thousands of low-income residents of San Diego County currently relying on the program to put food on the table. Cutting people off from access to food doesn’t help them find work: it just leaves them hungry.
Darrell Issa (R)
Duncan Hunter (R)
Juan Vargas (D)
Scott Peters (D)
Susan Davis (D)
LEARN ABOUT CALFRESH/SNAP'S IMPACT IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY
READ OUR STATEMENTS REGARDING THE DRAFT FARM BILL
Show your support for the Hunger Advocacy Network's (HAN) 2018 State policy priorities. These policies will help reduce hunger and hardship in San Diego County. Tell your representative that strengthening and protecting hunger relief programs is the right thing to do for the health of their constituents and our region's economy.
Follow the 4 steps below to take action by phone or on social media!
STEP 2 - Use the script below to take action by phone.
Hello, My name is _________ and I am a constituent of __(your State Representative)__. I am calling in support of SB 138, AB 1219, and AB 607. In San Diego County 1 in 6 people don’t have enough food for an active healthy life. These bills will fight food insecurity among the most vulnerable San Diegans. I respectfully request that ___(your State Representative)___ support SB 138, AB 1219, and AB 607 when brought to a vote. Thank you!
STEP 3 - Use the tweet/post templates and graphics below to take action on social media.
@(insert your representative's social media handle) I'm fighting for the nearly 500,000 food insecure people in San Diego County. A staggering 1 in 5 are children. Protect and strengthen hunger-relief programs that support residents of San Diego County living in poverty by voting YES for (enter the bill # you support) to create a #HungerFreeSD.
.@(insert your representative’s social media handle) I’m fighting for the nearly 500K food insecure people in San Diego County. Support (enter bill #) to create a #HungerFreeSD.
State Senator Ben Hueso
Not on Twitter or Facebook.
Phone: State Capitol Office (916) 651-4040 / Chula Vista Office (619) 409-7690
Assemblymember Marie Waldron
Phone: State Capitol Office (916) 319-2075 / Escondido Office (760) 480-7570
As a way to uplift the voices of the 1 in 6 people facing food insecurity in our region, we are proud to share a photo essay of the Hunger Advocacy Network's annual Paper Plate campaign. Each year, these plates are sent to San Diego County’s state representatives to share the voices of the food insecure and advocate for hunger relief policies.
Tell Congress hunger among military families is unacceptable!
Civilian families across the U.S. depend on SNAP - known as CalFresh in California - to purchase the food they need to make ends meet. However, a tangle of legal red tape prevents many military families from accessing this vital food resource. Learn more and sign our petition to tell Congress hunger among our nation's military families is unacceptable!
Click on the resource links below to stay informed and engaged.
Countable - Find out how your representative voted, get clear concise summaries of bills, and take action.
8 Myths About Hunger (via MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger)
Mapping the Meal Gap: Hunger in San Diego (via Feeding San Diego)
Invite the San Diego Hunger Coalition to speak at your school or organization.
OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
Your tax-deductible donation to the Hunger Coalition goes directly to funding our critical programs that remove barriers to food access for people that are hungry in San Diego.
You may also send a check or money order to:
San Diego Hunger Coalition
4305 University Ave., Ste. 545
San Diego, CA 92105
We occasionally have volunteer opportunities. If you would like to be contacted when these opportunities become available email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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