Members of the Southeastern Iowa Synod Hunger Working Group* would like to share the following article from Bread for the World along with their encouragement to take up the call to action.
“A Call to Action on Behalf of the Hungry and People Living in Poverty”
from the December 2012 Bread for the World E-Newsletter
Time is running out for Congress and the President to reach a deal to before we reach the fiscal cliff on January 1, 2013. Negotiations are underway and moving fast. This is the moment for you to act. Call your senators and representative today and tell them to push for a circle of protection around programs for hungry and poor people in the budget agreement.
Ask them to
- Include explicit protections for effective programs that serve hungry and poor people — programs such as SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps), the Earned Income Tax Credit, and the Child Tax Credit;
- Balance responsible spending cuts with new tax revenue; and
- Prevent further disproportionate cuts to portions of the budget that fund poverty-focused development assistance, international food aid, and WIC (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children).
Even if you’ve called before, your members of Congress can’t hear from you often enough on this important issue. Call the Capitol switchboard to be connected to your member of Congress: 202-224-3121.
*Members of the hunger working group include Peg Armstrong-Gustafson, Libby Crimmings, Julie Honsey, Pr. Russ Melby, Pr. Joel Nau, Pr. Paul Ostrem, Pr. Joan Swander, and Pr. Gene Schipper.