A Ministry of the ELCA - Supported by World Hunger

Hunger

Final Days Push to File for Stimulus Checks

Those eligible who did not automatically receive their checks need to file. Many of these individuals are among our most vulnerable.  Under the 2020 CARES Act, individuals can receive a one-time payment of up to $1,200, with an additional $500 available for each dependent. While most eligible Americans have already received their payments, 5 million eligible Americans still have not filed and risk missing out.

Deadline to file for Stimulus Payment: October 15, 2020.

Deadline to file for additional Dependent Credit:  September 30, 2020

Check out our RESOURCE for learning about the process and making it known! Stimulus Payment Outreach Resource

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Videos on Addressing Hunger in our Six Synods – a work in progress

Community Meals Ministry.  Bill Binroth, Director of Let’s Eat Community Meals of Chassell, MI talks about how to get a community meals ministry started and keep it going!

Food Truck Ministry:  Filling a hole during the pandemic – interview with Rev. Lindsey Buekelman of All People’s Lutheran Church in Milwaukee

Great tips and wisdom from Sharry Hebert, Food Pantry Coordinator, Trinity Lutheran Church in Eau Claire.  Watch this video:  How to Start a Food Pantry:

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SNAP and Congress (August 5):  Please consider calling your U.S. Senators about supporting a temporary increase of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits by 15% to ensure households have enough resources to avoid the hard choice between paying bills like rent and providing food for their families. We did this during the Recession 10 years ago. The temporary increase would be good for feeding people, good for economic growth, good for loving neighbor. There is some real hope for this in the SENATE. Reach your U.S. Senators from any state by calling the U.S. Switchboard: 202-224-3121

ELCA World Hunger offers a vast amount of educational resources.  Click onto ELCA World Hunger’s Education Page  Thank you for donating generously to ELCA World Hunger

June 11, 2020, Alert & Announcement:  Hunger- Action Alert & Pandemic EBT

Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin – a general presentation on hunger, poverty, and advocacy LOPPW Power Point Presentation

Update Request to Oppose Food Benefits Time Limits

Other Resource on Hunger and Poverty                                                                                       Food Research & Action Center (FRAC):  www.frac.org

Find a Food Pantry – National online directory of food pantry locations

For Seniors:

  • Senior Hunger Guide – Fact sheet on senior hunger with multiple resources such as MoW and other assistance programs
  • AARP Foundation – Offers volunteer opportunities to assist low-income seniors

In Wisconsin                                                                                                                               Institute for Research on Poverty (based at UW-Madison)  www.irp.wisc.edu

Wisconsin Council of Churches Hunger at Our Doorstep: A Study Action Guide for Wisconsin Congregations from the Wisconsin Council of Churches  Learn More

A thank you from our ELCA Office of Advocacy.  LOPPW thanks you too!

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Bishops’ Farm Bill Letter for Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (9/19/2018):

Wisconsin                                                                                                 

Senator-Tammy-Baldwin                                                                     

Senator Ron Johnson

District 1  Rep. Paul Ryan                                                                   

District 2  Rep. Mark Pocan                                                               

District 3  Rep. Ron Kind                                                                     

District 4  Rep. Gwen Moore                                                               

District 5  Rep. Sesenbrenner                                                             

District 6  Rep. Glenn Grothman                                                       

District 7  Rep. Sean Duffy                                                                   

District 8  Rep. Mike Gallagher     

Michigan                                                                                                     

Senator Debbie Stabenow                                                                   

Senator Gary Peters

District 1  Rep Jack Bergman

ICBPP WI Fact Sheet

ELCA Study Guide: Farm Bill Brings Lutherans Together

December 2018 Update on the Farm Bill

 

We support the senate version of the bill and not the House version.  We hope for continued bipartisan efforts that the senate demonstrated to ensure a healthy farm bill that will continue to help struggling people to get enough food.

Some talking points (thank you to Feeding Wisconsin for most of these points):

·       SNAP helps people struggling to get enough food; people working hard to make ends meet

·       Keep SNAP effective and efficient; keep SNAP working

·       SNAP helps seniors, children and veterans

·       Any fraud is unacceptable and there are already aggressive and high-tech efforts to root out fraud at the federal and state levels.  The small changes made in the senate version of the bill are fine.

·       There are already strict work requirements in SNAP and the new work requirements place arbitrary time-limits that make it harder for people to search for work

·       SNAP is a vital program that helps people in America get enough to eat

Note:  We need to see who is appointed to the conference committee to help inform what aspects of the two versions of the bill to create an advocacy plan around.  I’m out of pocket but trying to pay attention.  I think it is safe to say, “we support the senate bill over the house version and will work to ensure that the Senate bill is as strong a bill for vulnerable communities.”

Immigration and Refugees Alerts:  Two Immigration Bills

NFORMATION FOR CURRENT SPECIAL SESSION PUBLIC BENEFITS BILLS:  2018 Special Session Bill on Public Benefits