article Why we need Congress to help military families qualify for food aid Feb 23, 2017

Our Op-Ed with Rep. Susan Davis in the San Diego Union-Tribune 

twitter Feb 22, 2017

Thx @MAZONusa for raising hunger awareness. More than 780,000 Marylanders rely on monthly @USDA SNAP benefits to fight off hunger.

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photo February Lobby Day Feb 16, 2017

MAZON board and staff met with Members of Congress to discuss SNAP and the importance of it in ending hunger in America.

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article SNAP Series #1: We Cannot Stand Idly By... Feb 9, 2017

The new Administration has spoken. And it is clear from the recent executive orders and policy prescriptions under consideration that this Administration and Republican leaders in Congress are ready and willing to wage a war on the most vulnerable among us. MAZON will not stand idly by and allow this to happen.

twitter Jan 25, 2017

These changes could affect hungry vets. Hiring Freeze and Obamacare Repeal Could Clobber @DeptVetAffairs : owl.li/sSRu308lNNI

article Statement: MAZON Dismayed by Nomination of Governor Sonny Perdue as Agriculture Secretary Jan 19, 2017

“While we have serious concerns about decisions made during Sonny Perdue’s two terms as governor of Georgia, we welcome the opportunity to work with him to become a strong supporter of federal nutrition assistance programs."

article Statement: MAZON Supports Nomination of David Shulkin as Veterans Affairs Secretary Jan 12, 2017

MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger welcomes President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Dr. David Shulkin as Secretary of Veterans Affairs. As undersecretary for health at the Department of Veterans Affairs – an appointment by President Obama in 2015 – Dr. Shulkin has increased the department’s efforts to identify and address hunger among veterans.

twitter Jan 9, 2017

Thanks @SecretaryCastro for answering the call and reducing veteran homelessness nearly in half. 

article Food stamp program faces uncertain future as power shifts in Washington Jan 6, 2017

The very real threats to SNAP are absolutely chilling. #SNAPworks

article Post-Election Federal Policy Update Jan 3, 2017

The surprising results of the 2016 election cycle have sent shock waves through the political world, leading advocates and interest groups scrambling to comprehend and plan for the new reality ahead.  The implications for federal anti-hunger policies are chilling, with evidence of a more difficult political environment already playing out in the recently concluded Lame Duck session of Congress.

MAZON wanted to outline in broad strokes the challenges we anticipate confronting ahead.

article Post-Election Federal Policy Update Dec 23, 2016

The surprising results of the 2016 election cycle have sent shock waves through the political world, leading advocates and interest groups scrambling to comprehend and plan for the new reality ahead.  The implications for federal anti-hunger policies are chilling, with evidence of a more difficult political environment already playing out in the recently concluded Lame Duck session of Congress.

MAZON wanted to outline in broad strokes the challenges we anticipate confronting ahead. 

article Statement by the National Anti-Hunger Organizations Dec 14, 2016

Our organizations, which make up the National Anti-Hunger Organizations, are committed to ensuring a strong and effective national nutrition safety net for vulnerable, low-income individuals and families. With a united voice, we reflect on the hunger problem in America and its solutions as we transition to a new president and a new Congress.

article Statement by the National Anti-Hunger Organizations Dec 14, 2016

Our organizations, which make up the National Anti-Hunger Organizations, are committed to ensuring a strong and effective national nutrition safety net for vulnerable, low-income individuals and families. With a united voice, we reflect on the hunger problem in America and its solutions as we transition to a new president and a new Congress.

twitter Dec 8, 2016

Thanks and for leadership pushing for CNR bill with helpful improvements. Disappointed this didn't get done.

twitter Dec 7, 2016

Military pay/benefits top concern for families in survey. Removing SNAP barrier will help 

article Statement Regarding Introduction of Military Hunger Prevention Act by US Rep Susan Davis Nov 18, 2016

We are pleased with the introduction of the Military Hunger Prevention Act by Congresswoman Susan Davis this week. If enacted, this legislation will make a meaningful difference to the tens of thousands of currently serving military families who struggle with food insecurity yet face a needless barrier to accessing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

article Statement Regarding Introduction of Military Hunger Prevention Act by U.S. Rep. Susan Davis Nov 18, 2016

twitter Nov 17, 2016

LA nonprofit raises awareness of hunger in a new way: a big rig  via  

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For the 42 million Americans who struggle with food insecurity, our work is more important than ever and we are more determined than ever to keep fighting for them.

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twitter Oct 26, 2016

TAKE ACTION and ask Congress: how will you help the 42 million Americans struggling w hunger? 

article MAZON Delivers a Special Sukkot Message About Hunger to the White House Oct 21, 2016

Today, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger delivered more than one thousand paper plate letters to White House leaders as part of a program that engages campers at Jewish summer camps around the country in meaningful anti-hunger education and advocacy work.

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article Outrageous SNAP Stories - By Design Oct 13, 2016

As the old saying goes, “If a dog bites a man, it’s not news, but if a man bites a dog, you’ve got a story.” Unfortunately, “SNAP Helps Disabled Senior Afford Groceries” breaks neither skin nor headlines.

article The Vital Importance of Disaster-SNAP Sep 19, 2016

D-SNAP, or “Disaster SNAP,” is a crucial tool to help people who do not normally receive SNAP get back on their feet. D-SNAP is an addendum to the SNAP program that provides short-term food assistance to eligible households who have disaster-related expenses (a disaster-related expense may include temporary housing or personal injury).

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article 6 Ways to Become an Informed Voter Aug 22, 2016

The party conventions are over, members of Congress are campaigning back in their districts, and the 2016 election is about to enter its final stretch. With election day just 77 days away, I bet some of us wish it came much sooner! 

article MAZON in the news Jul 20, 2016

A Hunger Crisis in the L.G.B.T. Community

article Op-Ed: Abby J. Leibman & Cristin Orr Shiffer: An inexcusable hunger Jul 10, 2016

"Military families shouldn't struggle with hunger. But they do - and that needs to stop."

article What Does It Mean to Be an Ally? Jul 7, 2016

"As an African-American woman representing a Jewish organization working in Indian Country, I call up our common history of genocide, persecution and discrimination as a starting place for shared analysis and perspective. But I do so knowing that non-Natives cannot direct the struggle for Native food security, no matter how well-meaning we are."

twitter Jun 20, 2016

@HillaryClinton put a spotlight on hunger among military families. Our military hunger work: owl.li/bTBZ301u9V9

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twitter Jun 15, 2016

Glad we can count on @stabenow to support military + vet food insecurity issues and to fight for a strong #CNR2016

twitter Jun 15, 2016

THX @joniernst @SenGillibrand for calling on Sec. McDonald + @DeptVetAffairs to take a more proactive response to hunger among vets.

photo MAZON goes to Camp Jun 13, 2016

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photo MAZON Military Hunger Summit Jun 9, 2016

Last week we brought together 24 organizations that serve military families to the MAZON Military Hunger Summit to explore the barriers that prevent veterans and currently serving military families from accessing vital food assistance programs. It was a privilege for MAZON to lead these remarkable advocates in powerful discussions about potential ways to surmount those barriers.

It was an amazing experience and one that will inform our vital advocacy efforts on behalf of those who serve or have served our nation so bravely.

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photo Capitol Hill Visits Jun 7, 2016

Earlier this week, MAZON staff and board members headed to Capitol Hill to advocate on behalf of military and veteran families. There are actually active duty military families that desperately need SNAP but can’t qualify because of a drafting oversight in the law. We met with lawmakers to urge them to remedy this oversight without delay. Read more about our Help Our Heroes initiative.

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twitter Jun 6, 2016

Anti-hunger Orgs: Oppose House School Meal Block Grant Proposal: owl.li/XKiZ3010SnT via @fractweets #stoptheblock

twitter May 18, 2016

How does MAZON fight hunger? Advocacy is at the heart of everything we do. owl.li/4nfBAO #advocacy #endhunger

photo National Hunger Seder Apr 12, 2016

Using the traditions and symbols of the Passover holiday, we brought together partners and colleagues from Congress, the Administration, USDA, and military and veterans service organizations to our nation's capitol, reaffirming together our commitment to ensure that all who are hungry can come and eat.

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photo VOTE NO on House Budget Advocacy Alert Apr 11, 2016

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Budget recently voted in support of a budget proposal for FY 2017. Though the Republican committee leadership titled this proposal “A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America,” it raises serious questions about who is actually strengthened by their plan and on whose backs it is balanced. Tell your Rep: VOTE NO!

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article Webinar Training for VA Social Workers Mar 17, 2016

In partnership with USDA Food and Nutrition Service, this accredited training on Veteran Food Insecurity and SNAP will be offered to more than 12,000 social workers and dietitians in the VA system.

twitter #ActOnPassover Mar 3, 2016

#ActOnPassover bit.ly/2016Passover #militaryhunger

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twitter Feb 25, 2016

Did you know that 1 in 7 Americans don't have enough to eat? bit.ly/realityofhunger

video MAZON testifies before Congress Jan 12, 2016

Abby J. Leibman, MAZON President & CEO testifies before Congress as an expert witness on the topic of hunger among military and veteran families.

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twitter Jan 12, 2016

We believe that those who make great sacrifices to our country should not struggle to provide regular, nutritious meals. #militaryhunger

article U.S. Hunger Commission Adopts MAZON Recommendations Jan 6, 2016

This is a huge step forward and we are proud that this bi-partisan commission recognizes that there are significant food insecurity challenges facing military and veterans.  

twitter Congressional Briefings on Veteran Food Insecurity Nov 18, 2015

LIVE on #Periscope: Veterans shouldn't be hungry. Let's ensure they aren't.

article Veterans Day Twitter Chat Nov 13, 2015

In partnership with MomsRising and Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), we're engaging activists to raise awareness about food insecurity among active duty military and veteran families. 

article 5 Ways MAZON is Fighting Hunger Among Active Duty Military and Veteran Families Nov 9, 2015

For several years, our partners have voiced concerns that a growing number of military and veteran families are seeking food assistance. Our response? We pursued this often-ignored issue because we feel strongly that those who make significant sacrifices for our country should never struggle to put food on the table. 

photo Summer Camp Programs Sep 25, 2015

MAZON led 16 sessions of advocacy training for campers ages 12-18 at summer camps in four states: CA, WI, TX and MA.

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article Sep 25, 2015

Child Nutrition Reauthorization: What You Won't See On the Nightly News

article Lawmakers introduce bill to help tribes battle child hunger Sep 15, 2015

MAZON collaborated on the development, strategy and introduction of the proposed legislation.

twitter Older Americans Act twitter chat Jul 14, 2015

@StopHunger 6 million seniors are food insecure, making senior feeding programs SO important. #OAA50

photo Capitol Hill Visits Jul 9, 2015

MAZON board members, staff and supporters met with key members of Congress to discuss MAZON's priorities for Child Nutrition Reauthorization; the Older Americans Act; protecting funding and integrity for SNAP; and addressing food insecurity challenges for veterans and active duty military families. 

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article VA Chaplains Webinar Jun 24, 2015

MAZON's Director of Government Affairs, Josh Protas, led a webinar to a group of VA chaplains nationwide. This first ever webinar covered SNAP awareness and the barriers that veterans face when accessing benefits. 

article National Commission on Hunger Testimony Jun 15, 2015

MAZON's VP of Programs, Mia Hubbard, was invited to testify before the National Commission on Hunger. She urged them to do more to address hunger among active duty and military families and veterans by: 

  1. demanding more data to accurately document food insecurity levels
  2. removing policy barriers that deny families the resources they need
  3. urging agency collaboration to ensure disabled veterans are able to access food benefits

article National Defense Authorization Act amendment Jun 9, 2015

MAZON helped craft a bipartisan amendment to help struggling military families access SNAP benefits. The amendment was not included in the final bill, BUT did help call attention to the long-ignored issue of hunger among military families. 

article U.S. Senate Opening Prayer Jun 9, 2015

Outgoing Board Chair, Rabbi Harold Kravitz, offered the opening prayer on the floor of the U.S. Senate. This honor was extended by Senator Al Franken (MN) and Chaplain of the U.S. Senate, Rear Admiral Barry C. Black. 

article May 26, 2015

MAZON files Amicus Curiae brief in The American Legion et al. v. McDonald seeking reversal of VA “Final Rule reducing and limiting veteran access to nutrition benefits. Read More

article Celebrate Israel Festival May 26, 2015

MAZON staffed a booth at the Celebrate Israel Festival in LA to raise awareness of the prevalence of hunger in the Jewish State. 

twitter @stophunger Apr 27, 2015

RT @TheRAC: @jprotas on how to advocate for programs that help those suffering from food insecurity. #RAC15

article Apr 15, 2015

We will never food bank our way out of hunger.

twitter @stophunger Mar 26, 2015

Abby Leibman of @StopHunger talking abt the need to #EndChildHunger @ the #NationalHungerSeder @theJCPA

article Promoting Food Security and Food Justice In Israel Conference Feb 26, 2015

MAZON hosted and gave the keynote presentation at the conference, held at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The conference convened NGOs, universities, and government officials to discuss the current state of hunger in Israel, as well as the best ways to work jointly to address it.