Raise Your Voice for Healthy and Hunger-free Communities
Your voice is one of the most powerful assets you have. Together, we can send a clear message to our elected officials: Addressing food insecurity and its root causes is critical to the vitality of our communities and nation. Our Action Alerts make it easy to send messages to your elected officials when they will make the biggest impact. Sign up today!
United for Impact Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC is a proud member of Feeding America, the nationwide network of food banks. Together, we connect community voices, issues and stories to elected officials and public policy-makers that can advance policy solutions that will support increased access to healthy food and promote economic security and opportunity for all citizens.
2017 Federal Legislative Priorities
Ensure The Federal Budget Protects Critical Nutrition Programs
Ensure The Next Farm Bill Reduces Hunger In America
Reduce Hunger Through Federal Spending Legislation
The Farm Bill The farm bill
is the major food and farm legislation that gets revisited or reauthorized
The next farm bill is
scheduled to be reauthorized by
sets U.S. food and farm
priorities by developing policies and funding
that provide a safety
net for agricultural producers and for low
Americans. The farm bill
includes 12 titles that each address broad categories of
related programs, including: Nutrition, Commodity crops and subsidies, Crop insurance,
Land conservation, Agricultural research and International aid. Here is a one-pager that sums of the Farm Bill and why it is important.
Leading the Way in Food Recovery Benefiting
Neighbors in Need, The Environment and the Economy
An enormous amount of food is wasted in the United States each year. Information from ReFED - a collaboartion of business, non-profit, foundations and government leaders committed to reducing United States food waster - indicates that 72 billion pounds of safe and wholesome food does not make it the kitchen table every year in the U.S. As part of the nationwide network of Feeding America food banks, we bring together public, provate and non-profit organzations to rescue more food and drive awareness of the issues. Read more here.
State Support While food donations are essential to our mission, they can be unpredictable. To help ensure regular supplies of staple food items are available to our partner agencies, the NC Association of Feeding America Food Banks works to inform NC General Assembly members about the problem of hunger - who is affected, the impact of hunger on the health of individuals and communities and what is needed to address the problem. Please express your appreciation to our leaders for their support of North Carolina Feeding America Food Banks. For your reference, here are tips for writing your state legislators.
Additional Resources Additional information and tools for speaking out for hunger-free communities are available through Feeding America's online Hunger Action Center.
On the state level, the NC Justice Center's NC Policy Watch and Commentary site offers a wealth of information relative to legislation moving through the N.C. General Assembly: www.ncpolicywatch.com.
The UNC Center for Poverty, Work and Opportunity is a non-partisan, interdisciplinary institute designed to study, examine, document, and advocate for proposals, policies and services to mitigate poverty in North Carolina and the nation.