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Washington Newsletter: Ending Hunger

December 10, 2018


As House and Senate negotiators were reportedly nearing a deal on the farm bill, some 400 Quakers and friends lobbied hard to ensure that the final bill includes strong protections for SNAP (food stamps). They were in Washington, DC, for FCNL’s Annual Meeting and Quaker Public Policy Institute, Nov. 29 to Dec. 2, 2018.

The FCNL participants visited nearly 200 Congressional offices to ask staff and members of Congress, to pass a farm bill that includes the Senate’s provisions for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The farm bill is the largest source of food assistance for millions of struggling American families.

According to Bread for the World researchers, the federal government provides 20 times the nutrition assistance than what all the private charities and congregations in the U.S. can give. The largest source of federal nutrition assistance – primarily the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or food stamps) — comes through the farm bill.

Read the rest of this article, and the full Washington Newsletter for November 2018, below.

Update End Food Insecurity by Not Taking Food Away from People 

As House and Senate negotiators were reportedly nearing a deal on the farm bill, some 400 Quakers and friends lobbied hard to ensure that the final bill includes strong protections for SNAP (food stamps). They were in Washington, DC, for FCNL’s Annual Meeting and Quaker Public Policy Institute, Nov. 29 to Dec. 2, 2018.

Background Advocating for the Best Farm Bill 

The House and Senate Agriculture Committees may have begun work on the farm bill a year ago, but things really started heating up in Congress earlier this year. Each committee crafted its own farm bills with different approaches, especially when it came to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps).

Update Everyday Prophets Still Needed 

The elections are over. The new 116th Congress will start on Jan. 3, 2019 with no single party controlling all the levers of power.

Background Feeding Hungry Families in Indiana 

Ron and Pam Ferguson, both Quaker pastors, have been watching the food insecurity situation in Randolph County with growing concern. The county, to the east of Indianapolis, straddles the border between Indiana and Ohio. They have seen the county’s largely rural economy fluctuate as investments dry up and employers leave.

Background Rebuilding Our Democracy 

When World War II broke out, more than 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry were stripped of their rights. Actor George Takei and his family were among those imprisoned in ten internment camps throughout the U.S.

Update A Historic Vote to End U.S. Support for the War in Yemen 

The Senate recently voted to advance legislation that will end American participation in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. As of press time, the Senate still needs to hold a final vote on this issue, but it is expected before the end of the 115th Congress.

Background My Hunger Story is No Longer Hidden 

Quaker Welcome Center

It took 20 stories before I had the courage to tell my story of hunger, of feeding my child as a single mother. It was the first time in 22 years that I told my story.

Event A Friend in Washington explores art, faith, and advocacy at FCNL  

Welling Hall presented her gun violence sculptures and gave an artist talk “Art Transforming Violence” on November 14, 2018, in the Quaker Welcome Center.