28 petitions

Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Tell Congress not to cut funding that protects family farmers & hungry Americans!

The Farm Bill is the most important and comprehensive piece of food and farm legislation in the United States. In 2018, family farmers, the environment, and all Americans could suffer major losses if the Farm Bill is not adequately funded and passed this year. We’re asking Congress to pass a Farm Bill in 2018 that helps all Americans, and to provide sufficient funding so that the programs actually work. The Farm Bill is critical to family farmers and ranchers because it covers: Programs that help keep food producers on the land during times of environmental and economic uncertainty Trade relationships and food exports Federal loan programs that help food producers access financial resources necessary to maintain their operations Programs to ensure the future of American agriculture by training and supporting beginning and socially disadvantaged producers The Farm Bill isn’t just for farmers – it affects consumers, rural communities, and the environment too: Helps farmers implement practices to mitigate and adapt to climate change Funds essential programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that make food affordable for vulnerable populations Backs programs that help rural communities thrive by bolstering economic growth and improving quality of life. But the success of the Farm Bill depends on two things: funding and timing. If Congress fails to pass the Farm Bill within the year, many of these important programs are at risk of expiring, leaving family farmers and hungry Americans without crucial support. Even if it is passed in 2018, if the programs don’t receive adequate funding, they won’t be able to do what they’re supposed to do - secure our nation’s food supply and natural resources, support our rural communities, and feed our hungry. Sign this petition to ask for a Farm Bill that’s fully funded and passed on time – and join Farmers Union to fight for a food system that works for all of us.

National Farmers Union
24,909 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to Governor Charlie Baker, Speaker Robert DeLeo, Senate President Harriette Chandler, Senate Ways and Means Chair Karen Spilka, House Ways and Means Chair Jeffrey Sanchez

Fund the Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program (MEFAP) at $20 million!

We, The Greater Boston Food Bank, ask you to support increasing the Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program (MEFAP) funding to $20 million in Fiscal Year 2019 (line item DAR 2511-0105). This increase would allow the state's four food banks to provide an additional 4 million healthy meals.  Reasons to Increase MEFAP: The need remains acute. 1 in 10 people in Massachusetts (about 700,000) is food insecure—meaning they don’t know where their next meal will come from. 1 in 7 children and 1 in 20 seniors in Massachusetts struggle with the same problem. 4 million additional healthy meals. The food banks currently provide 65.7 million healthy meals annually, and 20.9 million of those meals were provided by $17 million in FY17 MEFAP funding. A $2.6 million increase would provide an additional 4 million healthy meals to those in need. Helps the working poor. About a third of food-insecure people in Massachusetts are ineligible for SNAP (food stamps) and other federal nutrition programs, such as free and reduced-price school meals.* These families rely on the emergency hunger-relief system. Rising food costs. The weekly food budget shortfall for the food insecure in Massachusetts has risen four percent to nearly $20 per person—11 percent higher than the national average.* A family of four is short $80 worth of groceries a week. Hunger impacts health. MEFAP enables the state’s food banks to consistently distribute the basics of a healthy, balanced diet. Research shows food-insecure people are at higher risk of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and depression. Supports Massachusetts businesses. More than 30 local farmers and more than half of the MEFAP food vendors are Massachusetts-based. These local farmers and food vendors supply more than 17 percent of MEFAP-purchased food. This direct investment in local farms and businesses strengthens the Massachusetts economy. Join us in our mission to end hunger by signing your name below!   

The Greater Boston Food Bank
64 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Morton Grove Community Members

Place Little Free Pantries on Morton Grove Village Properties

A Little Free Pantry is a place where neighbors can leave food for those who may need food or experience food insecurity.  It is also a place for people to take food from when they are in need.  It is a grassroots movement meant to be supported and taken care of by neighbors in a community.  On 11/24/2017 a Little Free Pantry was installed on Morton Grove village property at the corner of Menard Avenue and Greenwood Street. There was overwhelming support from many community members who embraced and supported this cause.  There were also members of the community who did not support this cause and called the police department and village hall to express concerns.  The village, in order to avoid confrontation, determined that it was easiest to require the removal of the Little Free Pantry from village property. Food insecurity is a reality that many individuals face.  Did you know, 27% of the student population at Park View Elementary is considered low income and 32% of the student population at Niles West High School is considered low income? Additionally, this pantry is to promote sharing, giving, and community which means that even people who don’t face food insecurity can and do benefit. Who hasn’t forgotten the cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving or Christmas when the store was already closed?  Promoting a Little Free Pantry may seem scary or like it’s “not for this community” however, the differences we promote and embrace are what make this community and the surrounding area such a rich place to live.  Please support the Little Free Pantry by signing this petition and by visiting it in Morton Grove on the 8900 block of Menard between Greenwood Street and Lake Street.  It is on the east side of the street.    Take what you need, leave what you can.

Alyssa Hofeld
368 supporters