What is going on in Washington is a great tragedy. An unthinkable but true suspension of reason and the democratic process by those who put personal agendas before duty to the people of this country. In a democracy, you cannot destroy a government without destroying its people. This is a call to all of us who care about the poor and the vulnerable of our country to stand up and be counted. Approximately 1/3 of our food programs will be shut down on November 1st if the federal shut down continues. And of course the need will increase dramatically. It will be impossible to meet the need created by economic terrorism from the few against the many.
Please do your part by contributing to the wave of protest to leaders in Washington. Our friends at the Food Research and Action Center have made it easy for us. The instructions below are clear and easy to follow in practically no time at all. We all have to be in this fight for those whose voices will not be heard except through us.
Carl Hansen, Chief Executive Officer
Three Ways to Action
1) Participate in National Call-In Days - NOW through Friday, October 11th.
Urge your House Member to pass "a clean and comprehensive" Continuing Resolution (CR) for FY2014. The piecemeal approach of passing funding bills one program at a time is not an acceptable way to fund the federal government. Annually funded nutrition programs like WIC, CSFP, and TEFAP must be funded along with all other government programs that provide a safety net for all people - especially low-income people.
Sample Message: As your constituent, I urge you to act NOW to end the government shutdown and prevent the economic catastrophe of a government default, without conditions. Please encourage the House leadership to pass a clean and comprehensive CR to provide funding for all program services that families count on including SNAP, WIC, and other federal nutrition programs and other basic services.
*Special thanks to AFSCME for making this toll-free number available.
How does the government shutdown affect your ability to get through to your Member? We've been making lots of calls and we we've gotten through most of the time. If you get voicemail - please leave a message.
2) Participate in the National #JustVote Twitter Storm (Thursday, 10/10, 2-2:30pm ET)
Join a national "Twitter Storm" Thursday afternoon to rally together through social media to urge Congress to #JustVote on a clean and comprehensive CR to end the shutdown and provide funding to all programs, including food and nutrition programs.
Share stories, resources, and messages that highlight the impact of the shutdown and how it is affecting your community now - and in the near term - and why the government shutdown must end.
- #SNAPworks now, but if #shutdown continues it will have a HUGE impact on low-income families. #Justvote!
- 47M Americans rely on #SNAPworks, if #shutdown continues how will families eat in Nov?
- If #shutdown conts until Nov many progs will suffer: #WIC, #SNAPworks, child nutrition & school meals, CSFP & others #justvote
- Families are already facing #hungercliff, gov #shutdown will make it worse. #justvote to help protect families. thndr.it/18VVVQA
3) Join FRAC, the Food Bank for New York City and Other Allies in a "ThunderClap" Message on October 16.
Hunger Walk Recap
The 5th annual Hunger Walk took place at 4 walk locations on Saturday, September 21st. This years walk brought together 500 walkers and raised $50,000. For the 2nd year in a row, our 2013 Top Walker is,
Pat Mangione raising
Top Walker By City:
1. Leslie Moss, $335
2. Kaye Rasband, $315
3. Sharon Turner, $290
1. Sarah Bower, $1,105
2. Joy Harkins, $775
3. Martin Williams, $500
1. Greg Noe, $1,025
2. Dan Sallia, $1,021
3. Fern Schlicht, $665
1. Pat Mangione, $1,360
2. Paula Hulet, $1,073
3. Pat Winstanley, $615
Top Team By City:
North County - 1st Assembly of God, Atasc. $2,258.77
SLO - Atheists United, $800
5-Cities - Harvest Food Pantry, $1,633
Coastal Communities - Team Trinity, $4,418.25
Top Fundraising School
& Winner of Zoo-To-You prize:
Trivium Charter School, $1,020
Music for the Soul
Hosted by St. James' Church on Sunday, November 17, 2012 in Paso Robles. Join us at 5 PM for Wine & hors d'oeuvres, 6 PM concert with world renowned jazz performer, Inga Swearingen.
Concert with Dinner at one of our three sponsor restaurants - $125 pp. *Price includes concert ticket, multi-course dinner,wine and tax. Gratuity not included.
Chico's Seafood Café
- OR -
Concert tickets $50 pp
For tickets: Visa or MasterCard by phone call St. James Church at (805) 238-0819 or Pacifica Realty (805) 237-4040. Checks payable to St. James mail to St. James - 514 14th St. Paso Robles, CA 93446 (indicate restaurant choice).
2212 Golden Hill Rd.
P: (805) 238-4664
F: (805) 238-6956
1820 Railroad Rd.
P: (805) 481-4652
F: (805) 481-4698
Last year, the Food Bank collected and distributed
5.4 million pounds of food.
1 in 6 reach out for help.
44,000 of your neighbors are hungry.
Every $1 donated provides $10
worth of food.
stays in SLO County.
40% of Food Bank recipients are under the age of
Did you know that 48% of what we distribute is fresh produce?
Mark you calendars for the 5th annual Munchkin March on Friday, October 25th. This years festivites will take place at Meadow Park in SLO. Join us for a costume parade, outdoor movie, food truck, live music & entertainment, silent auction, photo booth and free goodie bags! Participants are asked to bring non-perishable or monetary donation.
For more informatoin viisit mindfulmothers.org or call (805) 781-7300.
Season of Hope!
October 14th - December 13th
Join us in making the holiday season a little brighter for our Friends & Neighbors in need.
Turkey Drive 2013
SAVE THE DATE