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Petition to Elise M. Stefanik, Charles E. Schumer, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Pat Roberts, K. Michael Conaway

Congress: Pass a Farm Bill that supports food assistance programs before they expire!

The 2014 Farm Bill has expired without Congress coming to an agreement on renewal. This puts at risk several food assistance programs that millions of American families rely upon. We demand that our elected officials in the 21st district of New York act with urgency to protect these programs that nourish our neighbors. The programs of primary concern are as follows: 1.) SNAP – The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is imperative for more than 42 million Americans, including nearly 3 million New York residents. That is 1 in 7 New Yorkers. The average SNAP benefit per recipient per day is only $4.50. Any reduction to the funding of this program would put at risk families’ abilities to feed their children, and the elderly’s ability to live independently. SNAP provides Americans with the dignity to put food on their own tables, reduces reliance on emergency food programs like food banks and soup kitchens, and keeps people out of poverty.[1] Do not decrease funding to this vital program. Do not vote in favor of any Farm Bill provisions that would implement new work requirements, which are not backed by evidence and would pose a barrier to those with disabilities and those without degrees. Instead, ensure that SNAP’s budget accurately reflects rising need, that its bureaucracy is easy to navigate by those who rely on it, and that its benefits are accompanied by work training programs that provide more permanent routes out of poverty. 2.) FINI – The Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive grant program provides funding for local organizations that allow and incentivize SNAP benefits for use in the purchase of fresh produce. Here in NY-21, non-profits like GardenShare receive funds through FINI that allow them to provide resources like financial assistance at farmers’ markets. This grant program also empowers small corner stores to accept SNAP-EBT, benefitting communities across New York state and the nation. Accessibility of nutritious food disrupts the cycle of poverty while supporting the agency of Americans to feed themselves and their families. Programs funded through FINI also support the farmers who allow us all to eat.[2] Without a new Farm Bill, FINI funds will expire on January 1, 2019. Pass a bipartisan Farm Bill that protects and preserves nutrition incentive programs like FINI before they expire this January. Ensure that the integrity of healthful food assistance programs is upheld for the millions of American producers and consumers who rely upon them. Local organizations know the needs of their communities best; do not limit their ability to serve through funding cuts, which would increase pressure on thinly-stretched food banks and soup kitchens. We the undersigned demand that you, our elected officials, act in the best interest of your constituents in New York and across the nation by voting for a bipartisan Farm Bill that supports vital food assistance programs. We insist that urgent action be taken before the expiration of many of these programs on January 1, 2019. Food assistance programs save lives. Vote to preserve and strengthen them, so that 42 million Americans may continue to feed their families and themselves.   [1]Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, New York Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, March 2018,[2]National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA,

The Campus Kitchen at St. Lawrence University
75 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Jan Angel, Barbara Bailey, Michael Baumgartner, Randi Becker, Andy Billig, John Braun, Sharon Brown, Reuven Carlyle, Maralyn Chase, Annette Cleveland, Steve Conway, Jeannie Darneille, Manka Dhingra, Doug Ericksen, Joe Fain, Phil Fortunato, David Frockt, Bob Hasegawa, Brad Hawkins, Steve Hobbs, Jim Honeyford, Karen Keiser, Curtis King, Patty Kuderer, Marko Liias, John McCoy, Mark Miloscia, Mark Mullet, Sharon Nelson, Steve O'Ban, Mike Padden, Guy Palumbo, Jamie Pedersen, Kevin Ranker, Ann Rivers, Christine Rolfes, Rebecca Saldana, Mark Schoesler, Tim Sheldon, Shelly Short, Dean Takko, Kevin Van De Wege, Keith Wagoner, Maureen Walsh, Judith "Judy" Warnick, Lisa Wellman, Lynda Wilson, Hans Zeiger, Sherry Appleton, Andrew Barkis, Steve Bergquist, Brian Blake, Vincent Buys, Michelle Caldier, Bruce Chandler, Mike Chapman, Frank Chopp, Judy Clibborn, Eileen Cody, Cary Condotta, Richard DeBolt, Tom Dent, Beth Doglio, Laurie Dolan, Mary Dye, Carolyn Eslick, Jake Fey, Joe Fitzgibbon, Noel Christina Frame, Roger Goodman, Paul Graves, Mia Gregerson, Dan Griffey, Larry Haler, Drew Hansen, Mark Hargrove, Mark Harmsworth, Paul Harris, Dave Hayes, Jeff Holy, Zack Hudgins, Morgan Irwin, William 'Bill' Jenkin, Laurie Jinkins, Norm Johnson, Ruth Kagi, Christine Kilduff, Steve Kirby, Brad Klippert, Shelley Kloba, Vicki Kraft, Joel Kretz, Dan Kristiansen, John Lovick, Kristine Lytton, Drew MacEwen, Nicole Macri, Matt Manweller, Jacquelin Maycumber, Joan McBride, Bob McCaslin, Joyce McDonald, Jeff Morris, Gina Mosbrucker, Richard (Dick) Muri, Terry Nealey, Ed Orcutt, Timm Ormsby, Lillian Ortiz-Self, Tina Orwall, Mike Pellicciotti, Strom Peterson, Eric Pettigrew, Liz Pike, Gerry Pollet, Kristine Reeves, Marcus Riccelli, June Robinson, Jay Rodne, Cindy Ryu, Sharon Tomiko Santos, David Sawyer, Joe Schmick, Mike Sells, Tana Senn, Matt Shea, Vandana Slatter, Norma Smith, Larry Springer, Melanie Stambaugh, Derek Stanford, Mike Steele, Drew Stokesbary, Monica Jurado Stonier, Pat Sullivan, Chris Reykdal

Child Hunger is Unacceptable - US kids need 25 minutes for lunch

  UPDATE:  It has become clear to us from the responses we are receiving that this issue is even greater than our own state.  We are expanding this petition to insist that our legislators mandate this in all states across the country. Our kids deserve better! We are Brindi and Kristine and we are the parents of Kindergarteners in Washington State. It has come to the attention of several Kindergarten parents that our children may not be provided with adequate time to eat their lunchtime meal.  Several children have been complaining of stomach pain, hunger, and even weight loss in the few short weeks since school started.  As a healthcare provider in Washington State, this is deeply troubling to me. In a 7 hour day, our school allows for a 30 minute lunch period, which includes: 15 minutes of recess (outdoor play) and 15 minutes to do all of the following:  Walk to the lunch room, use the restroom, find their lunch box or stand in line for lunch, eat, and put away their lunch.  I don’t know about you, but I would find it challenging to do all those things, as an adult, in just 15 minutes.  In reality, most of these children are finding themselves with less than 10 minutes of “seated time,” which I find to be completely unacceptable.   The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA) both have published recommendations for at least 20 minutes of “seated time.” Increasing the total length of the lunch hour just 10 minutes and allowing 15 minutes recess and 25 minutes for lunch would allow our young kids the time they need to eat and nourish their growing bodies and minds. Current state law WAC 392-157-125 states that “The school breakfast and school lunch periods shall allow a reasonable amount of time for each child to take care of personal hygiene and enjoy a complete meal.” but does not provide a specific definition of “reasonable” and, as a result, our children are at the mercy of administrator-driven schedules. This petition supports legislation that: • Modifies WAC 392-157-125 “Time for Meals” to define a minimum lunch period for students. Language should be added to specify a minimum of 20 minutes of seated time, with additional time to move through a line and be seated with a meal; • Promotes recess before lunch for elementary students.  We understand that our educators are tasked with keeping children in the classroom for a specific measure of time.  I would argue that the time in class would be much better spent if our kids are well-nourished and fueled for success. Support for this statement: As adults, we are the voices for our children. Please join us in standing up for them and this very basic human right.

Kristine Crawford
2,376 supporters
Update posted 3 months 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
51,898 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Public

Help Stop World Hunger Now!

I care about ending World Hunger because millions of people suffer from this world-wide problem. Some people may be suffering from World Hunger, even if it's something that you would never guess. Others live in countries where poverty and hunger aren't uncommon. Many of these people may not have access to any sort of food relief programs, or agencies. Hunger may also be something that is passed down through a family. If a child lives through hunger into adulthood, and carries on to have their own family, they may not be able to get themselves, and their family, out of hunger. There is enough food in the world for everyone to be fed, but it just isn't being distributed properly. About 1/3 of all food that was produced for human consumption gets lost or wasted, worldwide, which is about 1.3 billion tons. World Hunger is something that can be solved with enough cooperation from dictators and world powers everywhere. The general public also needs to raise awareness, take action, and inspire others, including big powers, to do the same.  Full petition: Did you know that about one in nine people suffer from hunger, and about one in seven die from it everyday? Many of the people that suffer from hunger are just small children, or have access to food, but simply can’t afford it. Because of World Hunger, many innocent people suffer and die, or live with the lifelong consequences. The following facts and stories will inspire you to take action and help out those who need it. The amount of people in hunger is unfortunately increasing. According to Chris Otter, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said that one billion people suffer from world hunger, as of 2009. This means about one in nine people around the world are affected by world hunger. Much of the time, hunger leads to malnutrition; this can cause permanent damage. Such as, whole or partial blindness, and affected brain development, all of these can have a bigger impact if affecting someone of a young age. Some ordinary seeming people suffer from hunger, such as Christina Dreier and her family of four. She lives in Iowa, where she receives about $172 in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits per month. Christina Aguilera is someone who is helping people suffering from hunger, like Christina Dreier. According to Karen Mayer Robinson and the World Food Programme website, Aguilera has helped raise over $200 million for only two different organizations. She has helped to raise over $66 million on the Hope for Haiti Now telethon, which was a widely televised charity fundraising event. Aguilera also helped to raise over $148 million for the World Food Programme, or WFP. The WFP helps over 45 countries, including Guatemala, Rwanda, and Haiti. People should care about this issue because millions die every year from hunger and helping to stop it comes in many shapes and forms. Many children and elderly around the world suffer from hunger, or even die from it. Some of these people can’t help what’s coming for them, because they were born into poverty and hunger. They may never have the opportunity to come out of this poverty and/or hunger because of living in a developing country, or not having any help from people who can provide it. Depending upon how committed you are, there are different ways that you can help. A simple way is to donate spare change to any food relief agencies or organizations, such as Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), WFP, or any Hope for Haiti Now telethon related program. Donating non-perishable food items to a local food shelf is another easy option. Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit organization that sends out nutritious food to people that need it. Even though this organization is Minnesota based, they help people globally. It’s also volunteer run which means you could sign up and visit during your weekend or free time. Each session is one and a half hours long and also includes a mini shop. All profits made go to the creators of the product, which are mostly struggling women on the African continent. Visit FMSC, or donate spare change to help out with a good cause. These stories and facts showed how many people a contribution to end World Hunger would help. Because of you, one less person could be suffering from hunger. Help make one in nine go down by simply donating some spare change, or volunteering a small portion of your time, and help make a difference in the the world.

Doha Kassem
97 supporters