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TAKE ACTION: Ask Your Member of Congress to Visit a Food Bank in 2013

Society & Culture  (tags: children, ethics, food, government, society, human rights, hunger )

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The best way to help legislators understand the scope of hunger in America is to see it for themselves. Our goal is to have every member of Congress visit a food bank in 2013, and we need your help to make that happen.

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Sue H. (6)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 8:56 am
Noted and message sent, thanks.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 9:12 am

Hell YES, I signed!

It's way past time these corporate servants saw the reality they helped to create for too many of their constituents.

Thanks, Beverly!


Past Member (0)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 9:43 am
Thank you for taking action. Your message has been sent to:
Senator Richard 'Dick' Blumenthal
Senator Chris S. Murphy
Representative Joe Courtney
Thanks Beverly and Carole for the forward.

Barbara D. (70)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 9:44 am
Great idea! Now, if they'll just do it...

Edwin M. (349)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 10:04 am
I signed but I don't put much faith in my representatives to actually do something that requires some effort on their part. Thank you Beverly and thank you Carole for the forward.

Richard Zane Smith (81)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 10:12 am
yeah! that is a great idea...but I'm with Edwin , if they did show up it would only be a publicity stunt.

Jim Phillips (3206)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 10:20 am
Petition signed.

Here is a movie preview:

A Place at The Table


49 million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford. From the people who brought you FOOD, INC., A PLACE AT THE TABLE features Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio, Oscar®-winning actor Jeff Bridges, and many others.

Ty. Beverly.

Deb E. (63)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 10:26 am
They not only need to see it, they need to care when they do. Signed.

Angelika R. (143)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 10:39 am
Sadly I cannot sign, wrong form for me, but I do hope many others will! Thanks for this valuably post Bev and Carole for pointing it out! The idea IS great, IF any of them would actually bother to take a look at reality, while they live in their own reality, totally out of touch.

Pat B. (359)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 10:44 am
Thank you, Beverly for this, and dear Carole for FW... What a great and wonderful idea for them to visit, VOLUNTEER and WORK the line, a few hours to help the needy, and less fortunate.!! Definitely signed.!!

Kathy B. (106)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 10:47 am
Or, better still, volunteer to work at one a few hours per week!

Arielle S. (312)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 10:51 am
Since my senator receives large donations from Monsanto and is in part responsible for those empty calories and the "food insecurity", I have little faith he will do anything but laugh. But thank you, Beverly (and Carole for forwarding) - we never know until we try, try and try again...

. (0)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 10:57 am
Signed and Noted.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 11:01 am

Thank you for those words, Arielle.

While it IS sometimes hard to continue with our attempts to reach our "representatives" and promote awareness among citizens . . . the worst thing we can do is give up!

EVERY cause initiated (women's rights, civil rights, voting rights . . . and every topic realized, then later protected by constitutional amendment -- shoot, even child abuse came second after animal rights, and was initially included in that amendment) when first suggested, was met with nay-sayers.

I thank every higher power for those who refuse to accept defeat, without even tackling the problem.


Barb Knight (1694)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 11:03 am
Thank you for taking action. Your message has been sent to:

Senator Kay R. Hagan
Representative Mark R. Meadows

Thank you Beverly for posting and *C* for the fwd.

Gene Jacobson (285)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 11:36 am
What a great idea! And it is too bad that only half of our elected representatives will likely follow through on this as a matter of helping themselves determine policy. If any of the republicans go, including my own rep, it will be because they see a photo op AND they'd like to replace the entire SNAP program with private food banks - which, by the way, could not possibly begin to replace what SNAP does. In their zeal to privatize social services and get them off the federal budget, and states in many cases, this actually will sort of feed that zeal. See? The private sector can handle this just fine, no need for government spending on it - let's give the military and the 1% some more tax breaks. That's the red flag here.

I know only too well that when a republican shows up at a public service function, they are there for the photo op as it was when Michelle Bachmann showed up at the newish VA center near me, but in her district. She went around shaking hands, I tried hiding behind a potted plant because the last thing I wanted to see in the paper was a picture of me shaking hands with her, whose every action I oppose, and this got built over her objections not because of her. Republicans are with service members like they are with children, they only care about kids before they're born and service members while on active duty, after they'd just as soon forget we exist. So, this is a bit of a double edged sword. It'll probably take Rachel Maddow-like research to prove how much food banks actually do to reduce the rate of hunger amongst Americans, whatever the republicans bring forth will only serve to shore up their position, facts are a nuisance in that practice mostly.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 11:40 am

Truth, vehemently well-said, Gene!

Thank you.


Mary T. (357)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 11:49 am
Signed & noted - thank you Beverly

Dandelion G. (386)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 12:44 pm
I signed. I will always try and hope something will open the Hearts of the Frozen Ones. They'd have to have their heads up their arses not to know that there are millions hurting deeply in this Country. Oh, that is right many of them already do have their head up their arses.

Well I sent, go a Tea Bagger who has his sites on DC and being groomed as the Hispanic to lead his people to a Tea Party Government I don't expect much from him. The other would do it, he's been compassionate in this State, the only area he angered me was jumping on board of the NDAA. I told him that was a BIG no no in my book. Otherwise he has voted well. I just wish it hadn't been on NDAA he fouled up so badly.

Thank you for taking action. Your message has been sent to:

Senator Bill Nelson
Senator Marco Rubio The Tea Baggers future hopeful for President to draw in those hispanic votes they are wanting.

Dee C. (224)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 1:15 pm
Thank you for taking action. Your message has been sent to:

Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand
Senator Charles 'Chuck' E. Schumer
Representative Chris P. Gibson

Thank you Beverly..and thanks Carole for the forward

Signed & noted..

Lisa Neste (771)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 1:51 pm
Thank you for taking action. Your message has been sent to:

Senator Richard Burr
Senator Kay R. Hagan
Representative Howard Coble
Thank you Beverly & Carol for the forward.

Emma S. (239)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 3:10 pm
Done - thanks Beverly, and to Carole for forwarding.

Sunday June 30, 2013, 4:55 pm
noted and signed on 6-30-13 getting any of our elected congress to take any sort of action is like pulling teeth, but if they saw with their own 2 eyes the amount of people each day that struggle to find a hot meal to eat is through the roof and then factored in all the children that wonder were there next meal may come is heart breaking in its self that's why so many folks fall through the cracks no one wants to listen or offer any form of help this cycle needs to change because no one should ever have to worry or go to bed being hungry and congress needs to get of their butts and help

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 5:01 pm

You got that right, Edward! (Green star coming your way.)


Mitchell D. (136)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 5:50 pm
Noted, signed and commented upon in the letter.

. (0)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 5:54 pm
Signed and noted. Thanks for sharing, Beverly. They should see the suffering that they have inflicted on the people.

Dandelion G. (386)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 6:05 pm
I personally don't think they would care one way or another. It might move a few hearts but if they cared this all wouldn't be the way it is now.

JL A. (282)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 6:05 pm
I keep signing this one every time they return home ending a session since Feeding America provides a new one with each break they give themselves.

Dandelion G. (386)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 6:11 pm
Ah yes, can't make those little darlings overwork themselves.


We need a Populace Movement. You saw how fearful they got when Occupy started to grow in numbers. It wasn't by accident they used such heavy handed tactics on the peaceful protesters.

Pay attention to voting records, they don't work for YOU, vote them out and demand paper ballots. Not these rigged machines.

Remember Election 2000 should be a chant along with Remember the Maine, Remember the Alamo or any of those other slogans that caught on.

Vicky P. (476)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 6:12 pm
noted, signed, and I think they know people are struggling, they don't care like Dandelion stated

Lyn Z. (301)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 7:58 pm
Noted & Signed. Thanks Beverly, and Carole for fwd.

Lynn Squance (236)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 10:36 pm
Signed under WA state

People visit food banks because their grocery money doesn't stretch far enough, whether that money is from SNAP or other sources.

There is an ad on the radio right now for the food bank which goes like this:
I held the door for a woman today. She in turn gave her parking spot to another person. That person donated to the food bank. I was able to get through the week with food from the food bank.

Personally, I think the entire Congress should have to live on a food stamps equivalent budget, not for a week, but for a month. No exceptions, no dinners with lobbyists or constituents etc etc. Set them all up with a pre-programme health check (height, weight, basic blood tests etc) and then check them again after the month. Have them record their feelings (probably very difficult for Republican/Teabaggers who don't have a heart), energy levels etc. As noted from Congressman James McGovern (D - Massachusetts) after doing this for 1 week:

REP JAMES MCGOVERN in A Place at the Table: I lived on a food stamp diet for a week along with Jo Ann Emerson from Missouri. We did so because we thought that the food stamp benefit was inadequate. Most of my colleagues had no idea that the average food stamp benefit was $3 a day.

I had my budget and I went to a supermarket and it took me an awful long time because you have to add up every penny and it has to last you for a week. And so I did it and I will tell you I, I was tired, I was cranky because I couldn’t drink coffee because coffee was too expensive. I mean there are people who are living on that food stamp allocation. And you really can’t. For us it was an exercise that ended in a week. For millions of other people in this country that’s their way of life; every day is a struggle just to eat.

Michael Carney (219)
Monday July 1, 2013, 1:09 am
Noted, and message sent...Thanks for the forward Carole... :)

Laura T. (105)
Monday July 1, 2013, 1:10 am
great idea but I think a prerequisite for a career in politics means loosing all sense of empathy

Arild Warud (174)
Monday July 1, 2013, 3:09 am
Message sent,now let's see how many really show up???
Thanks Beverly.

Ben Oscarsito (290)
Monday July 1, 2013, 5:09 am
Done. My question is though; -Do the members of congress live in another country...???

Kit B. (276)
Monday July 1, 2013, 5:30 am

Of course I signed, but I have sent a personal invitation to each of these three, in the past every month.

Each of these names are known by now as being the southern end of a horse heading north:

Thank you for taking action. Your message has been sent to:

Senator John Cornyn III
Senator Ted Cruz
Representative Michael 'Mike' C. Burgess

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Monday July 1, 2013, 6:20 am

Yeah, Bengt . . . it IS almost laughable how so many politicians, once seated in Congress, develop amnesia.

LOL, Kit!


Thomas P. (451)
Monday July 1, 2013, 8:29 am
Noted and signed...thanks Carole

John De Avalon (36)
Monday July 1, 2013, 9:11 am
Food Banks: We've got them here. They're needed, so many people having a very hard time financially.
But what a damning indictment on our society...

. (0)
Monday July 1, 2013, 9:37 am
gladly signed

Sandra ;atterson (59)
Monday July 1, 2013, 10:00 am
signed and noted,ty

Anna Undebeck (256)
Monday July 1, 2013, 11:46 am
SIGNED!!! Shared & noted. Thank you very much Beverly!

Alice C. (1797)
Monday July 1, 2013, 1:15 pm
Signed and shared

Joanne Dixon (36)
Monday July 1, 2013, 2:25 pm
Actually, Gene, I hope you are right. Half is more than I would expect to follow through. I signed, but I have to say my House Rep is at least as likely to visit a mosque as a food bank.

Ellen Kent (0)
Monday July 1, 2013, 3:07 pm

Barbara Goheen (0)
Monday July 1, 2013, 3:57 pm
signed and noted

Birgit W. (159)
Monday July 1, 2013, 4:13 pm
US only, thanks.

Debra Tate (17)
Monday July 1, 2013, 5:21 pm
Signed and Noted.

Judy C. (104)
Monday July 1, 2013, 11:33 pm
Lee Terry is too busy kissing TransCanada's ass! You know, if we had all those gazillions of pipeline jobs, hunger would be eradicated in Nebraska.

Marty H. (119)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 5:35 am
Oh yeah! Signed and noted, thanks!

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 9:22 pm
Happily signed this Great petition! I will only hope that this will generate some action on the part of my senators here in my state.

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 10, 2013, 6:36 am
Signed and noted. Thanks for posting this.

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 10, 2013, 7:17 am
Added this to our:

Child Welfare Advocacy Group, "CELEBRATE KIDS" : PETITIONS TO SIGN & CARE2 NEWS 2013
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