MAZON Announces New Quick Reaction Fund
MAZON ANNOUNCES NEW QUICK REACTION FUND
TO RESPOND TO PRESSING THREATS TO FOOD SAFETY NET
Short-Term Funding to Anti-Hunger Advocates Helps Efforts to Protect Americans Struggling with Hunger
LOS ANGELES, CA (September 5, 2017) – MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger today announced the launch of its Quick Reaction Fund, a new funding stream for anti-hunger advocacy that provides one-time grants to help leaders leverage immediate and time-sensitive advocacy opportunities.
“Such funds exist in the arena of other social justice issues, from racial equality and LGBTQ rights to immigration; now anti-hunger advocates have expedited access to similar financial resources,” said Abby J. Leibman, MAZON’s President and CEO. “With leadership in Washington, D.C. intending to drastically curtail the very supports that help struggling Americans keep their heads above water, we must do everything we can to fight to protect the federal nutrition safety net and the people who rely on those programs.”
Forty-two million Americans – more than one in eight people of all ethnicities and ages – struggle with hunger. In its annual report on food security, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that nearly 13 percent of households had difficulty at some point in 2016 in providing enough food for their families.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) is the nation’s front line against hunger, helping more than 40 million families, children, seniors, veterans and disabled Americans put food on the table each day. Despite this program’s successes, President Trump’s recent budget proposed slashing SNAP by 25 percent, and Republican congressional leaders have targeted the program for cuts and restrictions.
“An argument made by the Republican leadership is that SNAP is inefficient. However, there is no question that our federal government’s administration of SNAP is the most effective and vital response to food insecurity in America,” said Leibman. “Democracy demands that all of us engage in advocacy to help our elected officials make informed decisions that benefit, not harm, Americans.”
Through its Quick Reaction Fund, MAZON will support time-sensitive advocacy initiatives, such as responses to unforeseen legislation or political developments; targeted media buys in response to state or national events; and travel funds for a convening or coalition of grassroots organizers and community leaders to strategize a response to attacks on the nutrition safety net.
“Now more than ever, anti-hunger leaders need to be able to respond quickly to pressing issues that will disproportionally impact the lives of food insecure people in their communities,” said Daniel Rosove, program director for grant making at MAZON. “Our Quick Reaction Fund provides financial and technical assistance for special initiatives and actions around the country that may emerge at a moment’s notice.”
MAZON’s Quick Reaction Fund provides grants only to public-benefit charities with an IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. For more information, please visit mazon.org/QRF.
About MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is a leading nonprofit advocacy organization working to end hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel. For more information, please visit mazon.org.