We Support: Letter Condemning Proposed 'Public Charge' Rule Change Sep 26, 2018

MAZON joined over 1,000 national organizations to strongly oppose the proposed ‘public charge’ rule change, which threatens the health and wellbeing of all of us.

We Support: Letter on Behalf of Women and Children in Need Sep 18, 2018

MAZON joined 88 organizations calling on Farm Bill conference committee members to protect and strengthen SNAP for the women and children who rely on the program. 

We Support: Letter Urging Conferees to Protect SNAP Sep 18, 2018

MAZON joined more than 120 national organizations in a letter strongly urging the 2018 Farm Bill conferees to protect and strengthen SNAP.

article Join Us: Jewish Clergy Sign-on Letter to Protect SNAP Aug 29, 2018

MAZON invites Jewish clergy from across the nation to join our sign-on letter calling on lawmakers to protect SNAP and the millions of American families whose lives depend on it.

We Support: LGBTQ and Allied Organizations Letter to Protect SNAP Aug 29, 2018

MAZON joined 31 LGBTQ and allied organizations to call on Farm Bill conferees to protect SNAP.

We Support: Protect Older Americans in the Farm Bill Aug 28, 2018

MAZON joined 33 national organizations urging Farm Bill conferees to protect and strengthen SNAP on behalf of older Americans who struggle with hunger.

 

article We Support: Letter to Farm Bill Conferees for a Just Farm Bill Aug 21, 2018

MAZON joined over 40 faith-based organizations from across the country to call on Members of Congress to protect SNAP in the Farm Bill.

 

We Support: Letter to Congress Regarding Principles for a Faithful Farm Bill May 17, 2018

MAZON, along with over 50 national faith-based organizations, sent a letter to Members of Congress highlighting principles for a Farm Bill that protects and strengthens nutrition assistance programs in the U.S.

article We Support: Letter to Oppose H.R. 2, on Behalf of Women and Families May 11, 2018

MAZON joined 167 organizations to express opposition to the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2). This bill’s proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) threaten the economic security of women and families.

article We Support: Letter to Oppose H.R. 2, on behalf of LGBTQ Community May 3, 2018

MAZON joined 56 LGBTQ and allied organizations to ask Congress to oppose the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018. This bill, as written, will have exceptionally negative impacts on the health and wellness of the LGBTQ community. 

article We Support: Letter to Express Concern About SNAP and Seniors in the Farm Bill Apr 17, 2018

MAZON joined 35 nonprofit, advocacy, and public health organizations to urge Congress to protect and strengthen SNAP in the Farm Bill, particularly on behalf of older Americans and seniors, who will be greatly impacted if these harmful proposals move forward.

article We Support: Appropriations Request to Adequately Fund the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Mar 30, 2018

WIC is an evidence-based program that has been instrumental in improving at-risk women and children’s health, growth and development for 44 years. MAZON joined anti-hunger and public health organizations and advocates to urge the Appropriations committee to continue to provide sufficient funding for WIC so that all eligible applicants can be served.

We Support: Interfaith Letter to Express Concern on Harsh Work Requirements for Anti-Poverty Programs Mar 13, 2018

On behalf of the undersigned religious denominations and faith-based organizations representing millions of people of faith across the country, we write to express our deepest concern about proposals to undermine Americans’ basic living standards by imposing work requirements on essential anti-poverty programs.

article We Support: Letter to Department of Commerce on Addition of Citizenship Question to 2020 Census Feb 16, 2018

MAZON joined The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and eight other major Jewish organizations to send a letter to Secretary Wilbur Ross, urging the U.S. Commerce Department to protect the integrity of the 2020 Census by not including a new question regarding citizenship.

article We Support: Americans are at increased risk of hunger and malnutrition. Nov 7, 2017

 In order to help address food insecurity, Congress authorized the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). CSFP serves nearly 700,000 low-income adults age 60 and up each year with monthly shelf-stable, nutrient rich foods. 

article We Support: The existing law, known as the Johnson Amendment, is vital to preserving the charitable sector’s integrity and the public’s trust in our organizations. Nov 3, 2017

Charitable nonprofits and houses of worship can only be successful if we maintain public trust in our integrity and commitment to mission. Politicizing them for the benefit of politicians and partisan donors would destroy that trust. Every charitable dollar spent on partisan campaign politics is one less dollar spent on the public good. 

article We Support: Nourishing our Golden Years Act. Oct 31, 2017

The CSFP provides low-income adults age 60 and over with monthly boxes of shelf-stable, nutrient-rich USDA foods. In 2018, CSFP will serve nearly 700,000 seniors, delivering crucial nutrition to enable them to preserve or improve their health and independence. 

article We Support: National Jewish Organization Letter on Health Care Bill Sep 25, 2017

We, the undersigned national Jewish organizations and institutions, are united in our belief that government should work to expand, not limit, access to health care. We are deeply concerned that the Graham-Cassidy health care proposal will significantly undermine access to care for the most vulnerable. We call on you to oppose this bill when it comes to a vote. 

article We Support: More than 1,500 groups call on congress to pass a budget that promotes opportunity for all, protects basic living standards, and protects our environment Jul 11, 2017

“Our message to you is clear:  there is no way to keep the promise of prosperity for all Americans, including families with children, women, seniors, people with disabilities, communities of color, and others who are being left behind in the 21st century economy, without significantly increasing investments in public education, affordable housing, health and nutrition, public transit, roads and bridges, clean air, clean water, clean energy, child care, and other means of making investments in communities that also create good jobs.”

article We Support: Cosponsor the Bipartisan Anti-Lunch Shaming Act (H.R. 2401) May 10, 2017

No children should ever have to go to the school cafeteria and be publicly humiliated because they cannot afford their lunch. No students should be asked to do chores in front of their peers, made to wear wristbands or handstamps, or have their lunch thrown out as their friends look on. 

article We Support: Congress: Adequately fund the Census Bureau in 2017-2018 Apr 20, 2017

We, the undersigned faith organizations and members of the Interreligious Working Group on Domestic Human Needs, urge you to increase funding for the U.S. Census Bureau in the House and Senate Commerce, Justice, and Science bills for Fiscal Year 2017 and Fiscal Year 2018. Our faith traditions compel us to care for those most in need, and providing adequate funding for an effective 2020 Census is a crucial prerequisite for federal policies and programs to respond to the needs of marginalized communities.

article We Support: Assembly Bill 453 (Limón) - College Student Hunger Apr 19, 2017

MAZON is pleased to support Assembly Bill 453 (Limón) which establishes an innovative approach to provide some support to food insecure students on California's college campuses. The "Food Insecure-Free Campus" designation would encourage and incentivize anti-hunger efforts on California's public university campuses. 

article Serving their country, struggling to feed their families Apr 18, 2017

"It's about a system that was designed to support them that is failing in that goal," said Leibman. "We have a military that takes care of its own. Well, here's a place where it's failing, so it needs to course correct." - Abby J. Leibman Read the full article on KPCC

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twitter We're in Central Park! Apr 16, 2017

Two more days in #CentralPark, come and experience #thisishunger!

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article We Support: WIC Association (NWA) in asking Congress to fund the WIC Program adequately Mar 30, 2017

NWA has written a letter to Congress asking for $6.36 billion for WIC in the FY 2018 Agriculture Appropriations bill to: Ensure that no eligible applicants be turned away; maintain current and anticipated WIC participation levels; ensure adequate funding for nutrition education, breastfeeding support, referral services, and administration; respond adequately to forecasts of food cost inflation; and provide funds to maintain clinic staffing and assure competitive salaries.

video MAZON Testifies before Congress Mar 29, 2017

We are so honored to have been invited again to testify before Congress. MAZON’s Vice President of Public Policy, provided unique and compelling testimony to the House Agriculture Committee on The Next Farm Bill: The Future of SNAP. Watch testimony

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photo A Perspective from a USDA Tribal Consultation Mar 20, 2017

The scene: a high-level roundtable dialogue with elected tribal leaders from across the country assembled on one side of the table, and US government officials seated on the other side.  Last month I had the privilege of attending the USDA Tribal Consultation Meeting in Washington DC. Read more

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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.

photo SNAP Series Feb 9, 2017

MAZON's series on SNAP includes: a rationale for why the federal government must respond to hunger, a baseline understanding of SNAP, and the reality behind any harmful proposals and how they will actually impact our communities. Read more

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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  

photo Nov 9, 2016

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. 

photo This Is Hunger Stories Become Part Of The Congressional Record Sep 19, 2013

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives entered multiple stories from "This Is Hunger" into the Congressional Record. Watch video