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H.R. 2, the Farm Bill FAILS Thanks to YOU!!

UPDATE:

We did it! Thanks to your efforts, the House of Representatives failed to pass the farm bill (H.R.2) on May 18, 2018 by a vote of 198-213.

Look here to see how your representative voted. Call your representative (800-826-3688) to thank them for voting against the bill or to oppose their support for the bill.

This farm bill proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that would have put millions of Americans at risk of hunger in the name of getting SNAP recipients back to work. These changes would take 2 million people off the program and cause more than 200,000 children to lose access to free school meals.

House Speaker Paul Ryan could bring this bill back up for a vote in the near future. Your calls today will be critical in ensuring members of Congress stand strong in opposing these harmful SNAP cuts.

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What the Failed Bill Contained:

Every month, 850,000 Arizonans rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to put food on the table. Half of those that use SNAP in our state are children. Another 18% have a disability or are elderly.

The Farm Bill, which funds SNAP, poses a grave threat to food security for hundreds of thousands of Arizonans. Provisions in the bill would mean that 280,000 people in our state alone could lose access to this vital resource, and up to 40,000 low-income Arizona children could be kicked off the free school lunch program.

This bill will be up for a final vote in the House of Representatives on Thursday. Please call and email your Representative today and tomorrow. 

See below for Congressional contact information and a sample phone script. Thank you for your advocacy.

Click here to find your Representative

Click here to send a pre-written message to your Representative

Sample Phone Script:
“My name is ______ and I am a constituent of Representative ________. I am asking the Representative to vote NO on H.R. 2, the Farm Bill. The bill would reduce or eliminate access to healthy food for millions of children, veterans, women, older people, family caregivers, and/or with disabilities.”

Congressional Contact Info:

Representative Tom O’Halleran (01-D):
202-225-3361 ~ @RepOHalleran ~ email Rep. O’Halleran

Representative Martha McSally (02-R):
202-225-2542 ~ @RepMcSally ~ email Rep. McSally

Representative Raul Grijalva (03-D):
202-225-2435 ~ @RepRaulGrijalva ~ email Rep. Grijalva

Representative Paul Gosar (04-R):
202-225-2315 ~ @RepGosar ~ email Rep. Gosar

Representative Andy Biggs (05-R):
202-225-2635 ~ @RepAndyBiggsAZ ~ email Rep. Biggs

Representative David Schweikert (06-R):
202-225-2190 ~ @RepDavid ~ email Rep. Schweikert

Representative Ruben Gallego (07-D):
202-225-4065 ~ @RepRubenGallego ~ email Rep. Gallego

Representative Debbie Lesko (08-R):
202-225-4576 ~ @DebbieLesko ~ email Rep. Lesko

Representative Kyrsten Sinema (09-D):
202-225-9888 ~ @RepSinema ~ email Rep. Sinema

Congressional Switchboard:
202-224-3121 (Press “2” for the House of Representatives)

 

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Funding Available for Food & Shelter

Request for Proposals for Funding to Supplement Emergency Food and Shelter Programs in Apache and Navajo Counties Is Announced

Phoenix, AZ, May 7, 2018 – The Arizona State Set Aside Committee of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) serving as the Local Board in Apache County and Navajo County is requesting proposals for funding to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in those counties for Phase 35. The amount of funding expected for Phase 35 is $40,537.00 for Apache County and $59,404.00 for Navajo County. The selection of jurisdictions receiving any awards is made by a national board chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and consists of representatives from American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, USA, The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, The Salvation Army, United Jewish Communities and United Way of America. Funding may be made available by a federal appropriation from Congress to the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

The Arizona State Set Aside Committee(SSA) EFSP Board will distribute any funds that may be received through this program that will expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in Apache and Navajo Counties. The SSA, made up of local representatives of local government, American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, USA, The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, The Salvation Army, United Jewish Communities, the Native American Community, United Way of America, the Association of Arizona Food Banks and the Arizona Housing Coalition will determine how the possible funds awarded to Apache and Navajo Counties are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in those areas. The SSA is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program. The WHEAT organization is acting as the administrative agency for the Arizona State Set Aside Committee of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program acting as the Local Board in Apache and Navajo Counties.

Local agencies chosen to receive funds must:
• be a 501 (c)(3) non-profit or a unit of government,
• have an accounting system,
• practice non-discrimination,
• have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs
• and if they are a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, have a voluntary board.

The SSA Committee of the EFSP  will consider the awarding of funds to local organizations for the following purposes:
• Food, in the form of served meals or groceries (food boxes),
• Shelter, in the form of lodging in a mass shelter or rental assistance for first month’s rent or late rent.

Qualifying agencies are urged to apply. Individuals cannot apply for this funding.

Agencies interested in applying for funding in Phase 35 must email WHEAT at wheat@HungerHurts.org for a Password and User ID to access the online application. Applications are submitted via an online system and are currently available. The deadline for applications to be received is Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 2:00 pm.

Questions concerning this process may be directed to WHEAT by email wheat@HungerHurts.org or by telephone at 602-955-5076.

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WHEAT (www.HungerHurts.org) is a statewide anti-hunger organization staffing the Arizona State Set Aside Committee of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program acting as the Local Board for Apache and Navajo Counties.

Fair Trade Chocolate

WHEAT’s Fair Trade Store only carries Fair Trade Certified Chocolate.  After years of taste testing, (it’s a tough job, we know!) we think the best is from Equal Exchange.  Stop by and pick up a bar or two ~ we think you’ll agree!

2017 WH Fair Trade Logo with text-01

THE CHOCOLATE FACTS

Chocolate. Milk or dark with Cornish sea salt? Behind every luscious chocolate bar and treat we devour throughout the year, there are six million people globally who depend on growing cocoa for their livelihoods. Fair Trade has breathed a new lease of life into entire cocoa farming communities in the poorest parts of the world.

  1. Most cocoa farmers live on less than a $1 a day. Poverty, and its many related issues, such as child labor, is the key challenge faced by cocoa growing communities. With Fair Trade sales, farmers are improving the quality and productivity of their farms, to increase incomes.
  2. 25% of all Fair Trade cocoa growers are women.  Women cocoa farmers in Côte D’Ivoire face many challenges and are taking charge of their own futures.
  3. Education is key to the future of cocoa communities. Fair Trade Africa currently trains cocoa farmers in financial management, governance, good agricultural practices, gender and child labor. This will form part of the Fair Trade West Africa Cocoa Program, being implemented over a period from 2015 to 2020.

CHOCOLATE & COCOA

Equal Exchange chocolates and cocoas are crafted using only the purest ingredients, grown with care by small farmer co-ops. We source from these small farmer organizations because we believe they are the heart and soul of the Fair Trade movement.

WORKER-OWNED

At Equal Exchange the workers all walk around like they own the place. That’s because they all do!  The co-op has over 100 worker-owners, each with an equal stake – and an equal vote – in the business.

 

 

 

Celebrate International Women’s Day – March 8

Gender equality and women’s empowerment are fundamental to ending extreme poverty and promoting resilient, democratic societies. When women play an active role in civil society and politics, governments tend to be more open, responsive and transparent. When women are at the negotiating table, peace agreements are more durable.

Neptune, Bobby (2016, February 18).

Women and girls are poised to be key drivers of progress and growth but they need to be empowered through equal rights and equal opportunities. They need to be prepared for a 21st century economy through connection to finance, digital literacy, science, technology, engineering, agriculture and mathematics.

And they need to be valued as leaders, peace-builders, and breadwinners in their communities and societies.

(2016, February 18). Empowering women and girls. Retrieved from usaid.gov.

WHEAT’s Story

When Jaye applied for WHEAT’s Training & Mentoring Program, she had years of experience working and always had to have more than one job in order to pay the rent, put food on the table for her 3 children and make sure they had clothes to wear to school. Jaye found herself in dire straits when she couldn’t find a second job after being laid off. For the first time, she found herself in line at the Food Bank, getting a food box and applying for SNAP. Jaye is a caring mother and wants the very best for her children, but she knew she needed to get a better job, but was afraid to give up the one she had. Jaye was underemployed. She was an exemplary student, always on time and always lending a hand to others in her class.

She excelled at customer service and relationship building. Her on-the-job experience was at a local non-profit agency, helping to guide clients to the right resources and services. When Jaye graduated from the 10-week program, she had many fruitful interviews. One she thought went particularly well and she was called back twice. She was getting a bit dejected, when finally the call came. SHE WAS HIRED. Jaye is now working behind the counter in a team leader position at a national rental car agency. They are providing her with benefits, something she never had before; a salary for a full-time position AND opportunities for growth in the company and advancement! Jaye has been employed and out of the program for 1-year and is now coming back to share her story as a presenter at WHEAT’s networking sessions for new participants.