annual Thanksgiving Action Against Hunger will take place on Monday,
November 21, 2005. We will be organizing local press conferences
and events to highlight increased hunger needs and real solutions
to ending hunger and poverty. The Westchester forum will take
place from 3-5 pm at the Yonkers Riverfront Library, One Larkin
Center in Yonkers. For the other regional events, please contact
us at 212-741-8192, ext. 3# or 518-434-7371, ext. 2#.
For more than a decade, Hunger Action Network has organized the
Thanksgiving Action to remind people that hunger is a 365-day-a-
year problem in our communities. We all work hard to make sure
that everyone has a seat at the table on Thanksgiving, but much
more work is needed to eliminate hunger in our state. The heartbreaking
pictures of mostly poor black residents of New Orleans suffering
from the devastation of the Katrina hurricane has reminded America
that many of its members live in poverty. People have responded
with an outpouring of donations of money and time to help their
neighbors. But justice, not charity, is the real solution to hunger.
We need to break out of our collective complacency about the existence
of hunger in our midst. It is a disgrace that in the Empire State
more than 900,000 individuals visit food pantries and soup kitchens
each week to find food to help feed their families. Hunger in
our state and country is a political and economic problem, not
a food supply problem. It is time to demand real solutions. This
Thanksgiving, we are focusing on a state and national campaign
to end hunger.
2. Hunger and Food Insecurity in NYS Jumped by nearly
number of New Yorkers who suffered from hunger or food insecurity
jumped by nearly 200,000 people over the past six years, according
to an annual U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report released
yesterday, rising an average of 9.6 percent in the period 1999-2001
to 10.5 percent in the period 2002-2004. Despite being one of
the wealthiest states in the union, New York ranks number 31 in
food insecurity compared with other states and is below the national
average. Nationwide, the number of Americans living in households
that faced hunger or food insufficiency rose to 38.2 million,
including 13.9 million children (19 percent of all American children).
The surge in hunger comes at a time when the U.S. House of Representatives
is likely to support more than $844 million in cuts from the Food
Stamp Program. Please see the section 4 for how you can get involved
in fighting against these cuts!
3. Call Legislators to Urge Support of Legislative Commission
on Health Care Coverage
Gottfried wants to push the Commission if the Legislature returns
for its normal end-of-year meeting to wrap up any loose ends in
the state budget. We need to put pressure on the State Senate
to agree to study how best to provide quality health care to all
New Yorkers. We need to thank the Assembly for their support and
urge them to make it a priority in their negotiations with the
call Senator Hannon (518 455-2800), Senate Majority Leader Joe
Bruno (518 455-3191) and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (518
455-3791), as well as your own state Legislators.
Message: “Please create a Legislative Commission on Health
Care Coverage to study how to make sure that all New Yorkers have
access to affordable, quality health care.” (You can mention
the bill A6575)
4. Tell Congress Not to Cut Services to Pay for Tax Cuts
for the Rich
Monday, November 7: the National Call-in Week to Save Vital Services
Call your U.S. Representative toll-free: 800-426-8073
Click here for pdf flier with this information: www.chn.org/pdf/novembercallin.pdf.
The House of Representatives is expected to vote during the week
of November 7 on proposals to slash assistance for some of the
most vulnerable people in America – families lacking health
insurance; abused and neglected children; single mothers trying
to collect child support; working families relying on food stamps;
people with severe disabilities; and others.
Why is the House making billions in cuts? To pay towards the cost
of tax breaks for the wealthy.
It’s easy to call.
Step 1: On Monday, November 7 or any day that week, call 1-800-426-8073
to be connected toll-free to the Capitol Switchboard. Ask to speak
to your Representative. (If you don’t know who your Representative
is, the people at the Capitol Switchboard can tell you, or you
can visit www.congress.org
where you can insert your home address and identify your member
of the House.) You can also go to http://center.parentsaction.org/voices/leg-lookup/search.html
to email your representative the letter.
Step 2: After you are connected to your Representative’s
“My name is _______________ and I live in (your town/city).
I would like Representative [name] to vote NO on the reconciliation
bill to cut $50 billion in vital services to vulnerable people,
including Medicaid, SSI, foster care, Food Stamps, and child support.
These cuts are the wrong priorities. Vote against cuts that hurt
the poor and sick and vote against more unfair, unwise, and unaffordable
tax breaks for the well-heeled.”
So far, the right wing has been unable to collect enough votes
to pass such drastic cuts – because of people like you!
They’re trying again, and they’re very serious about
it. But we can strengthen the hand of House members who do not
agree with these dangerous choices - if we and all our networks
For more information, contact Deborah Weinstein at the Coalition
on Human Needs (email@example.com);
Step 3: Sign Onto Letter Opposing Cuts
Contact Brian Filipowich, Filipowich@voices.org
if your organizationcan sign onto the letter
Mark Your Calendars: People’s State of State, Tues. Jan.
3; Legislative Education and Action Day Feb. 28th
year, Hunger Action Network holds a rally the day before the Governor’s
official State of the State address. This year our rally will
be at 11:45 AM on Tuesday, Jan. 3rd, most likely at the Capitol.
The Legislative Education and Action Day for Hunger Action Network
and ES2 will be on Tues. Feb. 28th in Albany.
6. Holiday Hunger Appeal
many nonprofits, Hunger Action Network has found it more difficult
to raise money from foundations in recent year. We are more dependent
these days on donations from individuals to support our work to
end hunger in New York. We hope you will consider adding Hunger
Action to your holiday gift list this year. Donations can be sent
to HANNYS, 260 W. 36th St., #504, NY NY 10018.
7. Donate Your Used Car for a Good Cause
consider donating your used car to Hunger Action to support our
work. There’s not much work involved for you. Simply call
our office, we’ll get the information from you, mail you
the form, then someone from the Vehicle Donation Assistance Program
will come pick up your car. Hunger Action will receive the donation
for the amount the car is sold for and you will receive a tax
deduction acknowledgement letter with the sale price. Call us
at (212) 741-8192, ext 1# or 4# for more information or to start