9: The Countdown Continues
Today: Tell your members of Congress to support anti-hunger programs in the Farm Bill. Why should I care about the Farm Bill, you might ask. For starters, our Jewish tradition teaches us to care about issues related to farming and food justice. In Exodus 23: 10-11 we read, "You may plant your land for six years and gather its crops. But during the seventh year, you must leave it alone." Just as these verses guide biblical farmers, the Farm Bill legislates American food policy. Food policy isn’t just about seeds and dairy subsidies (although these too affect us in unexpected ways, like the WIC nutrition program). Food policy directly affects poverty levels (which, if you haven’t heard, affect 15% of Americans). The Farm Bill includes the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP), which in 2011 lifted 3.9 million people out of poverty. The current version of the Farm Bill cuts SNAP benefits by $16 billion—this is unacceptable! Urge your members of Congress to protect anti-hunger programs like SNAP in the Farm Bill this year.
In the next 9 days: Plan an event for your congregation to host on Food Day. Screen a film with a discussion, focus on hunger during your Shabbat sermon, write an article for your synagogue newsletter, go apple picking and donate the produce: The possibilities are endless. Check out our extensive Food Day Resource Guide for more ideas!
On Food Day: Attend a Food Day event! Find an event happening near you.
After Food Day: Continue to the use the RAC’s Food Day Resource Guide; food justice is not limited to one day a year! Plan events for your friends and your community all year long.
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