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.

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

 

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, who serves as the State Advocacy and Public Policy Director for Oklahoma Food Banks.


YOUR VOTE COUNTS vote_3 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.
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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 Ellen Pogemiller, our State Advocacy & Public Policy Director, at epogemiller@okfoodbank.org or 405-600-3175.