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

Public Charge

On Sept. 22, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced a rule proposal, which looks at tightening immigration rules through public charge. The change to legal immigration policies could block lawfully present immigrants from obtaining legal permanent residency (i.e., a green card) if they've participated in a broad range of effective, commonplace antipoverty programs in the United States. This could have a wide range of consequences for legal imigrants and for our community resources.

Look here for more information, and how you can take action on Public Charge from the Oklahoma Food Bank's.

Please take a moment to make your voice heard. December 10 is the deadline for your public comment.

The Farm Bill

Why is the Farm Bill so important to people concerned with hunger issues?

Yes, the Farm Bill helps to support agriculture and farming in the United States, but tucked into the bill is also legislation that provides assistance to people who are hungry, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps). SNAP is generally regarded as an efficient system with virtually no fraud. It helps to make sure children, and others in need, have a bridge to healthy food when circumstances mean they might otherwise go hungry.

Would you ask your legislators to make school breakfast and lunch, SNAP, and CSFP (senior food assistance) priorities on their legislative agendas?

Read this op-ed in the Tulsa World from several key leaders in the hunger relief movement in Oklahoma, including Food Bank Executive Director, Eileen Bradshaw. It illustrates the importance of the Farm Bill to people who are food insecure, and why your voice is so important.

Sign this letter urging Congress to ensure the Farm Bill reduces hunger in America.

Look for Hunger Action Day 2019, again on February 14. Food = Love.

Hunger Action Day 2018 was February 14 at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Click here for pictures on flickr.

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. View our policy agenda.

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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

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