103 Massachusetts Orgs Urge MA Congressional Delegation to Protect and Defend SNAP and Federal Nutrition programs! Client STORIES needed!
Below is an email sent earlier today to the Ag/Nutrition staff members of the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation - both House and Senate. We have 103 local, regional and statewide organizations signed on. THANK YOU ! We received a very rapid response and terrific outpouring of support. You are terrific!
1.Start collecting agency and client stories to your regional MOCs and Senators Markey and Warren: A number of staff members have already gotten back to me since the email. They would love district-based data (we can sent them that) as well as any constituent stories their members can share with colleagues. This includes letters families or individuals who currently use federal nutrition benefits (or have used in the past) and how these benefits have made a difference in their health, in their lives. Your clients/consumers can give as much or as little identifying information as they are comfortable with (e.g. full name and address, or just their first name and city/town). And if your organization does SNAP outreach, provides meals or works in schools - we urge you to also send an organizational letter providing information on the number of families or individuals served by your nutrition programs and anecdotal stories.
2. Contact Governor Baker with agency and client stories: Governor Charlie Baker is currently Vice Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee of the National Governor's Association. We assume he will continue in that role if not become Chair of that Committee (VT Gov Shumlin is retiring). The NGA is an important voice that Congress listens to. It is very important that we start now by providing information to both Governor Baker and Lt Governor Karyn Polito from constituents about critical federal nutrition programs and urge them to communicate concerns about cuts/block granting within the NGA Attached is a sample "paper plate" document for clients to hand-write and tell their stories, or you can collect stories on any piece of paper or email too.Â We have included the State House address and fax number on the document. We will also develop an online form for clients to submit soon.
On Mon, Dec 12, 2016 at 3:19 PM, Pat Baker <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Dear House and Senate staff members of MA Congressional Delegation:
Attached please find a letter from 103 Massachusetts state, regional and local organizations to your Member of Congress.
We write to both thank your Member for his/her ongoing support and to urge your Member to stand firm in protecting and defending these federal nutrition programs against eligibility restrictions and benefits cuts in 2017 and beyond. Hunger is a year-round phenomenon for low-income children, working families, seniors and persons with disabilities. The Massachusetts SNAP Coalition and 103 organizations call on our Massachusetts Delegation to stand together to reject cuts or structural constraints (block grants) to our nation’s core anti-hunger programs including SNAP, NSLP, WIC, TEFAP and CACFP.
MLRI and the organizations that have signed onto this letter are prepared to offer district data and client stories on how important these programs are, and to work with you and your MOC in every way we can to protect and defend these critical programs. Please let us know how we can help.
Pat Baker for MA SNAP Coalition