KLF Mission: To feed hungry people and engage the community in the fight to end hunger.
Advocacy is a critical component in KLF’s fight to end local hunger. While direct service and food distribution programs provide essential immediate help to hungry people, KLF’s advocacy programs aim to influence public policy and resource allocation within political, economic and social systems and institutions. Influencing public policy to increase local food security could involve any (and more) of the following:
- Educating legislators about how proposed or current legislation affects KLF clients, program participants or partner organizations.
- Direct or grassroots lobbying by KLF clients and others in the community, letting our leaders and representatives know what we need and value.
- Connecting community members with the tools they need to learn about barriers to food security and advocate for change.
Current issues on which Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes is focused:
- The well-being of our most vulnerable community members, like kids, through addressing childhood nutrition.
- The economic security of low-income populations through means such as the Michigan Earned Income Tax Credit.
- Basic food accessibility, through local initiatives like Double Up Food Bucks at Farmers’ Markets.
- Regional food movements, like Good Food Kalamazoo and the Michigan Good Food Charter.
- National food policies, such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), also known as Food Stamps and the Food & Farm Bill.
- other issues affected and caused by food insecurity, like homelessness (click here to read the 2010 U.S. Mayors Report on Hunger & Homelessness).
- And much more.
There are many ways you can make a difference in helping our community achieve food security
both locally and nationally.
With resources at the tips of your fingers, the next step is easy.
- Try tackling the Food Stamp Challenge where you experience what it would be like to live on a SNAP budget.
- Join our Advocacy e-Newsletter mailing list to stay current on important hunger issues. From there you can read about current legislation, upcoming events, and ways to make your voice heard.
- Contact your Senator or Representative to let them know your views on the state of food insecurity in Kalamazoo County. Is there a national issue you feel deserves more attention? Contact your Members of Congress at 877-698-8228.
- Visit our Advocacy Events page to see what’s coming up in the world of anti-hunger activism.
- Volunteer at Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes in a variety of roles where you can represent the organization and our values in the community.
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