Want to Talk to the White House?
Gary Cook, director of church relations at Bread for the World, hands Paulette Aniskoff, deputy assistant to the president and director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, sheets from the petitions delivered to the White House on August 7, 2013. The signatures emphasize the need for presidential leadership to end hunger. (Joseph Molieri/Bread for the World).
As the government shutdown drags on, the impact on hunger compounds. How will the SNAP program be affected? How will furloughed federal employees make ends meet? What would it mean for our economy and anti-hunger programs if we don’t raise the debt ceiling?
Do you wish you could pick up the phone and talk to someone at the White House about these issues? Register for the next monthly grassroots conference call and, on Oct. 15, you can. The one-hour conference call and webinar begins at 4 p.m. Eastern (1 p.m. Pacific).
You won’t want to miss our special guest Paulette Aniskoff, deputy assistant to President Obama and director of the Office of Public Engagement – a department created to facilitate dialogue between the administration and the public. Aniskoff is watching the government shutdown up close.
Some of you may remember seeing Aniskoff’s name in a report written by Amelia Kegan last August, after she and other Bread staff delivered more than 30,000 of your petition signatures to the White House. As part of the 2013 Offering of Letters campaign A Place at the Table, many of you have and continue to send in petitions asking the president to work with Congress on a plan to end hunger. During the call, you’ll hear how your signatures made a big impression.
October will be a busy month for faithful advocates. Congress will make decisions on the budget and sequestration, the farm bill, and immigration reform – all with far-reaching consequences for hunger. This month’s call will equip you with important information that will help you in your work to end hunger.
As usual, our expert policy analysts from the government relations team will provide you with the latest updates on how key bills are moving in Congress and what you can do to protect and strengthen anti-hunger policy and programs. Below are new informative resources you won’t want to miss.
- What Does the Government Shutdown Mean for Hunger?
- Two new fact sheets! The State of U.S. Poverty in 2012 outlines results from a report released last month by the Census Bureau. No Progress Against Hunger is guide to the recently released food insecurity data from the USDA which tracks how often families struggle to put food on their table in a year.
- Pray and Act for Immigration Reform gives you information on how to become involved in a week of prayer beginning Oct. 12.
And if you would like a comprehensive how-to-guide on our monthly webinars:
If you’d like to ask Aniskoff, or Bread staff, about the presidential petition, or any piece of anti-hunger legislation on our issues agenda, submit your questions ahead of time to organizing coordinator Marion Jasin at firstname.lastname@example.org. And register today.
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