Oregon BFW is part of a nationwide Christian citizens movement seeking justice for the world’s hungry people by lobbying our nation’s decision makers.
An effective response to hunger must combine private and public actions, neither can do the job alone. Christians have worked well in the private arena, Bread for the World provides a means where Christians can work equally well for effective public policies in the fight against hunger…
Congressional Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
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Review the Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon Legislative Agenda for Salem.
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The Senate will vote on a farm bill this week. SNAP (formerly called food stamps) and international food aid programs are once again on the chopping block.
Last week, the Senate Agriculture Committee passed a farm bill that takes some necessary steps towards food aid reform. Unfortunately, it also included a $4.1 billion cut to SNAP over the next ten years. If these cuts go into effect, at least 400,000 SNAP households will lose about $90 a month in benefits.
There’s still time to act! your U.S. senators need to hear from you. Call them today at 1-800-326-4941 and urge them to take the following actions:
- Support Senator Gillibrand’s efforts to restore cuts to SNAP.
- Vote against any amendments that cut SNAP. This vital program keeps food on the table for millions of families even as poverty, unemployment, and underemployment remain high.
- Support efforts to make international food aid more efficient and targeted to the nutritional needs of women and children in the thousand-day window from pregnancy to age 2.
Cuts to SNAP and food aid will leave no place at the table for millions of our brothers and sisters. Don’t delay. Call your U.S. senators at 1-800-326-4941 today!
May 25, 10:00am-12:00p
“Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth…”
As Christians we seek God’s justice on issues of poverty, homelessness, hunger, health care, human trafficking and stewardship of our natural resources. A vital question is how best to make systemic changes for the common good.
Churches, nonprofit organizations and individuals clearly are critical to resolving issues of economic injustice. Does the Bible give us any clues to the role of the public sector in seeking economic fairness? Can churches work collaboratively with local, state and federal government to help bring God’s kingdom to earth?
Come join us for a conversation to explore these questions as we seek to engage as the body of Christ, in promoting the common good and well being of all. Bring your questions, hopes, wisdom and experience to share with others, who also long for God’s kingdom here on earth .
When: May 25, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Where: Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont, Portland 97215
Partner for the Hunger Free Oregon
Tuesday & Wednesday, May 14 & 15
Wednesday, May 15th at 10:00am (Eastern Standard Time), the House Agriculture Committee will consider the 2013 Farm Bill. The proposed bill includes devastating cuts to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called food stamps).
IMPORTANT: Congressman Kurt Schrader is on the Agriculture Committee. If you live in his district, please call (202) 225-5711 or email him today!
If you are not in rep. Schrader’s district, please contact your federal representative.
Message to Congress:
- Vote NO on any bill that cuts SNAP!
- More than 800,000 Oregonians rely on SNAP to put food on the table, including thousands of children, seniors and people with disabilities.
- Cuts to SNAP means thousands of Oregonians will have less $ for food, increasing hunger in our State.
Email Robyn if you have questions.
(From Robin Stephenson)
I have an update on The Working Families and Tax Relief Act of 2013: Senator Wyden is an original co-sponsor!!! You asked and he did it!
I called the office a few moments ago and thanked them. The receptionist was just tickled to get a thank you because she said I will be very happy to pass that message on.
Again, this is just great for Oregon and our nation and THANK YOU for everyone who called. As my friend Angela commented, this is, “advocacy at work.” The bill should be introduced later today and our Senator’s name will be on it. I also see this as a testament to all the letters, phone calls, meetings and other actions you have taken over the years that let him know these refundable tax credits are a priority and make a big difference in the lives of working families.
Original action alert:
There is a bill that would permanently extend critical refundable tax credit provisions that have helped lift millions of working families out of poverty: The Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. As you know, we have been working for a long time improving and making these refundable tax credits permanent at Bread for the World. Simply put, they pull more children out of poverty than any other program. The kicker is: we need original co-sponsors today and we need Senator Wyden!
This bill makes the 2009 EITC and CTC improvements permanent, so that low-income working families won’t see a tax increase in 2018. As you know, they were extended for 5 years in January, as a result of the fiscal cliff negotiations. That extension benefited over 13 million families, including well over 25 million children in 2013 alone.
This bill also has some other big improvements, such as:
- 1. Strengthening the EITC for low-income working adults without children
- 2. This bill extends the EITC to childless adults age 21 and older. (currently it is 25 years or older)
- 3. This bill simplifies the EITC and CTC, so that low-income families will not have to use scarce resources to pay professional tax preparers just to access the credits that they are owed. And it simplifies the rules for claiming a child for the EITC and CTC
This is a huge opportunity for us in Oregon to take leadership not only for our own state, but the nation.