Because Congress is running out of time before they recess until November for campaign season, they will have to pass a Continuing Resolution that will likely fund the government at the previous year’s levels.
This was before the Farm Bill was passed, so it’s unclear if it will include $50 million in additional funding that will help food banks deliver food boxes through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP).
Unfortunately, we don’t have much time and need to act quickly. Over the past several months, we’ve been educating Arizona’s Senators and Representatives that St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance gets healthy TEFAP food to struggling families in our community.
About 12 percent of the food St. Mary’s Food Bank distributes, more than 8 million pounds, comes from national programs like TEFAP. It fills a large part of the 40,000 emergency food boxes we distribute each month that families need to augment other sources of income.
Often, it ends up costing the Food Bank to store and distribute TEFAP. This is especially the case because St. Mary’s Food Bank serves 80,000 square miles of Arizona, two-thirds of the entire state.
Please call both of our Senators and your Representative today, September 11, and make them aware of this important issue.
Calling Congress is easy! Here’s how:
- Call our advocacy hotline at (888) 398-8702
- Listen to the pre-recorded message and enter your zip code when prompted. Once you are connected, state that you are a constituent and give your name and your hometown. Be sure to state you’re a support of St. Mary’s Food Bank.
- Let them know you are calling about the Continuing Resolution and deliver this important message:
I am calling from St. Mary’s Food Bank about a matter of critical importance to our
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 bill.
Be sure to dial back so you can speak with both of your senators and your representative.
- Spread the word by sharing with your local networks and on social media.