Advocating solutions to hunger can take many forms – education and awareness, working for policy changes, using your personal network to identify and mobilize resources – even shifting the way you think and talk about the issue. We welcome you to join us in supporting initiatives that have the potential to reduce the need for emergency food resources and increase self-sufficiency of our clients. Here are just a few possibilities:
* Ask your child’s school principal to support school breakfast in the classroom. School Breakfast is not only an extremely effective means to reduce hunger among needy children, it also improves nutrition, helps prevent obesity, improves students’ attendance, attentiveness and achievement, and reduces discipline problems in school.
* If you know a manager at a business employing low-wage earners, talk to them about informing their employees about the Food Stamp Program, Earned Income Tax Credit, Energy Assistance and the other safety net programs available to help low-income families make ends meet.
* Talk to your book club, church group, coffee klatch, Pilates classmates and whoever comprises your personal (or professional!) posse about volunteering at the Food Bank, holding a food drive or making a donation.
* Ready to pick up the pen or phone? There are always policy issues for which we could use your support. Here are a few examples: write to your representatives, put your thoughts into a letter to the editor, join with groups that advocate for hunger issues in our state and country. If you would like help locating your representatives, click here.
* Register to Vote. If you are not already registered, you can register online in Nevada by clicking here.
Read more about how you can be involved in hunger issues effecting the citizens of our state by clicking on the other tabs in this section: Take Action, Legislative Update, Invite Us and Policy and Research Reports. We would be thrilled to hear of your interest in advocacy and would be happy to discuss the options that interest you. Just call 331-3663, and ask for Cherie Jamason.