We hope that you were able to safely cast your vote this Tuesday. No matter the outcome of the recent elections, the Coalition will continue its work to connect people with the food resources they need by connecting people to SNAP benefits, supporting the work of local food pantries and soup kitchen, providing education, and advocating for anti-hunger policies at the local, state and federal levels.
Help us continue this fight by joining our annual Night to Fight Hunger Virtual Galawith host, WURD radio personality and award-winning journalist, Syreeta Martin, from the comfort of your own home! The Virtual Gala is this Thursday, November 12th at 6:30PM, is FREE TO ALL, and will stream LIVE on Facebook and YouTube. You don’t want to miss this exciting evening to end hunger.
Can’t wait? Don’t miss your chance to make a bid on the Gala’s hot silent auction items.Visit the Silent Auction List HERE. The larger silent auction ends in TWO MORE DAYS on November 8th. But there’s more...Exclusive Featured items will be live for bidding starting November 9 and will end at 9:00 pm on November 13th. Can’t make the event, please make a donation now to the Gala to support the work of the Coalition here.
Food Pantry and Soup Kitchens
VIP in Action
We work hard to stay in touch with our VIP (Victory in Partnership) members through communications like Zoom meetings and our Pantry Partners newsletter. A few years ago we started what we call “Tuesday Texts” as another way to connect with our food pantry and soup kitchen network. Every Tuesday, the Coalition’s Community Organizer, Derek Felton, sends VIP members a weekly informative or inspirational text. This has worked so well that members are now communicating with each other without our input. They, too, are sharing information concerning food resources, new winter clothing or all other community resources and events with the group by text. Now this is Victory in Partnership!
Policy and Advocacy
At the time of writing this update, we are still awaiting the official results of both the Presidential election and several other Congressional races. Instead of focusing on the uncertainty, we want to stress the most important thing we already know: The fight against hunger is a tremendous challenge, a fight we can win only if we ALL work together. The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), one of our key national allies, recently shared a list of“Facts Every Candidate Should Know about Hunger,” As many of us have been paying a lot of attention to areas labeled as “red” and “blue” across the United States this week, we have highlighted five of the facts below, with a slightly different title, that provide an important reminder of the damage hunger causes in communities all across America (also see FRAC’sRural Hunger in America: SNAP, which shows that SNAP participation nationally was highest among households in rural and small town counties compared to households in metro counties).
Five Key Facts Every Elected Official Should Know About Hunger in the U.S.
1.During COVID-19 the rate of food insecurity has reached crisis levels: 25 percent of adults and nearly 30 percent of those with children are struggling to put enough food on the table
2.Rural households and Black, Latinx, and Native American households experience disproportionately high rates of food insecurity.
3.Hunger hurts us all. Eliminating hunger would save the nation billions of dollars in doctor and hospital bills, special education costs, and lost economic productivity.
4.Hunger is an economic condition. Policies that promote a full employment economy with adequate wages and incomes can take the country a long way toward ending hunger.
5.The private sector – business, labor and charitable – efforts can bolster government’s leadership in alleviating hunger, but cannot take the place of the government’s steadfast commitment, strong policies, and adequate investments to end it.
As election results are finalized, we must recommit to engage everyone - the public and elected officials from both sides of the aisle - in order to defeat hunger in our communities and move America to a brighter future.
We continue to help individuals and households navigate the SNAP application process and continue to see an increase in our call volume as many individuals and families have far fewer dollars due to the end of enhanced unemployment benefits. Our SNAP Hotline operates Monday – Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at 215-430-0556.
Our callers have concerns about the next stimulus check because many are still receiving unemployment compensation. Last month the deadline for EIP(economic impact payment) was extended to November 21. There is still time to apply! Visit the IRS website to file before the 3PM deadline.
If you feel you have been discriminated against review:how to file a client complaint and thecomplaint procedures. To request the Statement of Complaint form by mail call the Professional Compliance Office Hotline at 1-800-822-2113 (if you are calling from within Pennsylvania).
Listing (phone numbers and address) of all Philadelphia County Assistance offices. Note, however, when calling it is often quicker to contact the Customer Service Center at 215-560-7226 (Philadelphia) or 877-395-8930 (statewide).
On Thursday, November 5, we participated in the Philadelphia DA’s OfficeJob & Resource Hub. If you frequently read these emails, you’ve probably heard us mention this event before! Each month, we have the opportunity to partner with organizations throughout the city who are hiring and offering needed resources to Philadelphians. Do you know someone who is job searching or in need of support? Please share the recording of the event, which is full of important information (and catch the Coalition at the 2:08:12 mark). Interested in catching next month’s event live? The Job & Resource Hub occurs monthly on the first Thursday of the month at 3pm. Some organizations have started promoting these events by holding socially distant watch parties. We will keep you updated about future viewing opportunities as they arise
Count Every Vote!
Keystone Research Center and the Pennsylvania Center for Budget and Policy Center have partnered with We Go Together to promote a petition that demands every vote in Tuesday’s election (mail-in, provisional and election day) be counted! The Coalition stands with these agencies and with voters across the country who demand a fair and equitable election of all local, state and federal officials. Help us in two ways:
Join us for the Coalition’s Night to Fight Hunger Virtual Gala via Facebook or YouTube Live on November 12, 2020 at 6:30 pm. You must register to make a bid on silent auction items!Register to attend or make a donation today!
We strive to build a community where all people have the food they need to lead healthy lives. Hunger is preventable. Thank you for your continued support of our work!