Advocate for Oklahoma's Hungry

It takes more than food to fight hunger. Help us raise awareness about the reality of hunger in Oklahoma and advocate for legislation that addresses the many factors that contribute to food insecurity. Together, we can make a difference.

Sign up for the Advocacy Newsletter and other updates from the Oklahoma food banks.

Click here to view past issues of the monthly newsletter and action alerts.

Here are a few practical tips on how to advocate more effectively from State Representative Trish Ranson of Stillwater.

SNAP Chat

A series of recent rule change proposals to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will result in hundreds of thousands of people loosing SNAP benefits. The most recent will go into effect on April 1. When passing the Farm Bill in December of 2018 the will of Congress was to leave in place many of the cuts the administration is now making. Please let your legislators know you support SNAP an extremely efficient and effective program that provides food to people who are hungry.

For more discussion on SNAP, here are a few resources. Regarding proposed rule changes here is a statement from Feeding America; from the Tulsa World; from FRAC; on the third proposed cut from the New York Times; the fallout on social workers and their clients from VOX; the intersection of food and health from NPR;

Feeding Across the Aisle

Feeding Across the Aisle was a volunteer session, September 30, 2019, hosted at the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma (Tulsa) and Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma (Oklahoma City). Feeding Across the Aisle demonstrated the bi-partisan efforts at the local, state and federal level to fight hunger.

Some of the attendees included:

United States Legislators:
Senator James Lankford, Representative Kevin Hern

State Senators and Representatives:
Jeff Boatman, Carol Bush, Derrel Fincher, Allison Ikley-Freeman, Kevin Matthews, Stan May, Jadine Nollan, Dewayne Pemberton, Melissa Provenzano,
John Waldron

County and Local Mayors and Councilors:
County Commissioner Karen Keith, Mayor Brian Guthrie
Cory Box, Jeannie Cue, Patty Dixon, Cass Fahler, Vanessa Hall-Harper,
Brian Jackson, Phil Lakin Jr., Kaye Lynn, Donna Ogez, Lori Decter Wright,

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Carole Huff Hicks

2019 Policy Agenda

Community Food Bank of Oklahoma and Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma monitor and inform the public about hunger related policy and legislative opportunities at the state and federal level. The Oklahoma food banks develop an Annual Federal and State Policy Agenda and present it to our federal and state legislators.

 

Hunger Action Day

Hunger Action Day 2019 was a success. Click here to view pictures. Advocates from across the state came together to talk with state legislators about the issue of hunger in Oklahoma, and to encourage policy decisions that address the many factors that contribute to food insecurity.

 

Much focus of discussion was placed on the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Those discussions are not over. Please continue to ask legislators to remember the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in budget negotiations and work to make sure that the credit is restored to its full value. Two in three families that claim the EITC in Oklahoma lost some or all of their credit. Oklahoma Policy Institute launched a website that includes data by county and legislative districts and other ways to take action.

Below is a video from Hunger Action Day 2019. Click here for pictures on flickr.

More in the Earned Income Tax Credit

In 2016, Oklahoma lawmakers were struggling to pass a state budget amid a massive revenue shortfall. making Oklahoma’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) non-refundable. Making the EITC non-refundable in 2016 saved about $25 million for the state budget. Refundability is key to the success of EITC because it gives working households the full values of the credit they earn even if it exceeds their income tax liability, providing low income workers with a needed income boost that can help them meet basic needs. Two in three households that claim the EITC lost some or all of their credit. The average loss was $121 per family. In 2019, the state budget has a surplus and legislators have the opportunity to reinstate the refundability.

Take time to write or call your legislator and ask them to remember the state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in budget negotiations and work to make sure that the credit is restored to its full value.

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Feeding America Advocates

It takes more than food to fight hunger. For information on the issue of national hunger, please visit the Feeding America website at feedingamerica.org.

To become an Advocate click here.

 


TAKE ACTION

Sign this letter urging Congress to support increased funding for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP).

Urge your member of Congress to visit the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma
using this form on the Feeding America website.

Many Oklahoma veterans struggle with hunger. Click here to find out more about Food Security among Military Service Members and Veterans from Effie Craven.


YOUR VOTE COUNTS

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Click here to find your federal and state Oklahoma representatives.

Click here for access to the online voter tool. Confirm your voter registration, your polling place, view sample ballots, and track absentee ballots.

Click here to access the Oklahoma Voter Registration form.

If you want to receive a ballot in the mail for every election you’re eligible to vote in, fill out this application too.


Learn about current issues and read our research:
Congressional District 1  |  Congressional District 2  | Congressional District 3 Congressional District 4  | Congressional District 5 |  U.S. Senate

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Sign up for the Advocacy Newsletter and other updates from the Oklahoma food banks.

Click here to view past issues of the monthly newsletter and action alerts.

For information or assistance on current advocacy efforts in Oklahoma please contact
Bailey Perkins, our State Advocacy & Public Policy Director, at 918-936-4573.