Know More, Do More!
Our advocacy program raises awareness about food insecurity, calls attention to the intersectionality of food insecurity and poverty, and strives to engage the community in grassroots, as well as systemic, solutions to address hunger.
In 2021, through Food for Thought, we urged PORCH supporters to contact their elected officials to strengthen the safety net for our low-income neighbors. Specifically, we focused on the topics of increasing monthly disability income, making menstrual products (which are not covered by SNAP benefits) tax exempt, and prioritizing military families who struggle with food insecurity.
With a 13-year, stagnant minimum wage of $7.25 per hour providing well below half of the $15.85 living wage in Orange County, it’s not surprising that about 29% of the 12,000 children in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools (CHCCS) receive free or reduced-price lunch. That’s why, in addition to making sure people in our community have enough food, we also must work toward systemic change – shifts in policies and practices – as a matter of social justice.
In just a few short minutes, you can join us by writing postcards to your elected officials, urging them to advocate for meaningful change. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.Sept. 2022 Food for Thought Messaging