article We Support: Letter Calling for Congress to Increase NAP Funding Jul 20, 2020

MAZON joined the Coalition for Food Security Puerto Rico in a letter to Congressional Leadership on the dire need for additional funding for the Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP) in the wake of COVID. Puerto Rico has experienced a dramatic increase in food insecurity resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, and an increase in applications for NAP and is nearing the end of the emergency appropriation provided in the previous COVID-19 supplementals, and without a further appropriation from Congress, they will expend COVID-19 NAP funds by July 31, 2020.

article We Support: Call for USDA to Reduce Child Hunger Jul 20, 2020

MAZON joined 65 anti-hunger organizations in a letter to USDA calling for waivers to be extended and critical policy changes to be enacted to help fight child hunger in the coming school year. School districts are still establishing what “school” will look like next year, but many students will not be “at school” five days a week, with access to school breakfast and lunch each day. Communities will need the flexibility to provide meals to children at school, to send meals home with children when they are not at school, and to provide meals at community sites closer to children’s homes.

article MAZON Urges the Senate to Prioritize SNAP Jul 17, 2020

MAZON issued a letter to all Members of the U.S. Senate urging the prioritization of critical improvements to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), our country’s cornerstone anti-hunger program with a track record for effectively responding at times of rising need and contributing to economic recovery.

article We Support: Stop Hate for Profit Campaign Jul 14, 2020

MAZON joined over 100 non-profit, labor, faith-based, and advocacy organizations in a letter to Facebook calling for them to implement the changes requested by StopHateforProfit immediately. As a non-profit we share their concerns about growing levels of hate and disinformation on their platforms and call on Facebook to commit to real and systemic changes.

article We Support: Call for Senate to Protect & Strengthen SNAP Jun 18, 2020

MAZON joined nearly 2,500 organizations in a letter to Senate Leadership urging an immediate boost to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and make investments in other critical nutrition programs with proven health and economic impacts.

article We Support: Effective Employment and Training Programs Jun 16, 2020

MAZON submitted formal comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in support of select proposals to improve employment and training programs to help SNAP recipients. MAZON will be be watching closely to ensure that USDA upholds its responsibility to its constituents and this proposed rule change is a modest and partial step in the right direction.

article We Support: National Anti-Hunger Organizations Denounces Death of George Floyd and Underlying Structural Racism Jun 4, 2020

MAZON joined the National Anti-Hunger Organizations (NAHO) in a statement denouncing the persistent structural racism that continues to plague our society. We condemn the killing of unarmed African American men and women and are deeply disturbed by the inhumane and violent death of George Floyd at the hands of the police. We must advocate and insist on a society that is just, equitable, inclusive and anti-racist. One where institutional racism is rooted out, and where the dignity of each individual, regardless of race or color, is embraced and respected. A society where one’s race is not a destiny for poverty, violence or hunger. In this moment, we recommit our organizations to ending structural racism and advancing racially equitable public policies that ensure access to healthy and nutritious food for all.

article We Support: Call for USDA to Extend Child Nutrition Program Waivers Jun 2, 2020

MAZON joined 83 partners in a letter to USDA calling for the agency to use its full authority to quickly extend the rest of the nationwide waivers, and state-specific waivers such as area eligibility for all child nutrition programs. This extension will reduce burdens on families and states to help prevent increasing child hunger. 

article We Support: Call for Colorado Legislature and Governor to Prioritize Hunger May 18, 2020

MAZON joined a letter to Governor Polis and Members of the Colorado General Assembly calling for the inclusion of food security in any future COVID-19 response planning.

article We Support: Faith Leaders Call for SNAP Increases May 18, 2020

MAZON joined national faith leaders representing a broad range of religious traditions and beliefs in a collection of quotes around the dire need to increase and expand Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) benefits. These quotes were shared to Senate offices as Congress considers another bill responding to COVID-19.

article We Support: Call to Provide Robust Funding for the United States Postal Service May 6, 2020

MAZON joined over 100 organizations in a letter calling on Congress to provide robust funding for the United States Postal Service (USPS) in the next COVID funding package.

article We Support: Wisconsin Delegation Letter to Congressional Leadership May 5, 2020

MAZON supports U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and U.S. Representatives Gwen Moore, Ron Kind and Mark Pocan letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to prioritize the needs of participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the next coronavirus relief bill to ensure that SNAP can continue to play a role in enhancing Wisconsin families’ food security and supporting our economic recovery. 

article We Support: Letter Calling for Protections for Older Adults in Response to COVID-19 May 4, 2020

MAZON joined 192 organizations in a letter to Congressional Leadership outlining urgent priorities for low-income older adults who are most at risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19 including increasing the maximum SNAP benefit levels by at least 15 percent to ensure older adults and their families have access to food during this emergency.

article MAZON Supports LA City Council Resolution to Strengthen SNAP Apr 30, 2020

Councilmember Bob Blumenfield introduced a Resolution to the LA City Council calling upon Congress and the Department of Agriculture to make critical improvements to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), previously known as food stamps, for struggling families during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This Resolution — which contains policy recommendations from MAZON — is an important acknowledgment of the hard work being done to feed the most vulnerable among us, and the need for leadership from the federal government to ensure that everyone can safely access the nutritious food they need. This resolution sends an incredibly strong message on its own and can be used as a model for similar Resolutions across the country.

article MAZON Urges Congressional Leadership to Protect Struggling Military Families Apr 30, 2020

MAZON and sixteen military service organizations and anti-hunger organizations issued a letter to Congressional Leadership highlighting the significant impact COVID-19 is having on many military families. We urge Congress to immediately amend Section 403(k) of Title 37 to exclude the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) from being counted as income when calculating eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other federal nutrition assistance benefits.

article We Support: Letter to Congress Calling for School Nutrition Program Funding Apr 27, 2020

MAZON joined more than 30 organizations in a letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees calling for funding to be provided for school nutrition programs to make them financially solvent and to maintain the integrity of essential food security programs as the recovery process begins, with many more children relying on school meal programs.

article We Support: Letter to Congress Calling for Immigrant Inclusive COVID-19 Response Apr 21, 2020

MAZON joined more than 550 national, state and local organizations in a letter to Congressional Leadership urging an immigrant-inclusive COVID-19 response package. The letter included ensuring that immigrants have access to nutrition assistance through programs like the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP), and extend the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program through the summer of 2020.

article We Support: Letter Calling for COVID-19 Response Language to Prohibit Discrimination Apr 20, 2020

MAZON joined 184 organizations in a letter to Congress urging that language be included in upcoming COVID-19 response legislation to ensure that discrimination is prohibited in all federally funded COVID-19 benefits and services.

article We Support: Bipartisan Call to End Military Hunger Apr 20, 2020

MAZON supports Representatives Don Young (R-AK-AL) and Susan Davis (D-CA-53) leadership of a bipartisan group of 43 Members of Congress in a letter to Congressional Leadership calling for the removal of barriers to accessing nutrition assistance for military families in COVID relief packages.

article We Support: Letter from 175 Organizations Calling for Investments in School Meals in Response to COVID-19 Apr 16, 2020

MAZON joined 175 organizations in a letter to Congress calling for investments to ensure school food service remain fiscally solvent during and after the pandemic as well as support for emergency feeding and communities in need. 

article We Oppose: Changes to School Meal Nutrition Standards Apr 14, 2020

MAZON submitted formal comments regarding USDA's proposed changes to the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs nutrition requirements. We are deeply concerned that this proposal would decrease the nutrition received by school children, many of whom rely on school meals as their primary source of healthy food.

article We Oppose: Changes to the Federal Poverty Measure Apr 14, 2020

MAZON submitted formal comments regarding OMB's proposed changes to the federal poverty measure. MAZON is extremely concerned that if OMB were to begin using the alternate measures of poverty proposed by the Working Group, the weaknesses in those alternate measures would result in a woefully inaccurate estimate of the number of Americans living in poverty.

article MAZON Urges Congressional Leadership to Protect Struggling Military Families Apr 9, 2020

MAZON, National Military Families Association, and Blue Star Families issued a letter to Congressional Leadership highlighting the significant impact COVID-19 is having on many military families. We urge Congress to immediately amend Section 403(k) of Title 37 to exclude the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) from being counted as income when calculating eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other federal nutrition assistance benefits.

article MAZON Joins Interfaith Call to Protect and Expand SNAP in Response to COVID-19 Apr 9, 2020

MAZON joined national faith leaders representing a broad range of religious traditions and beliefs in a collection of quotes around the dire need to increase and expand Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) benefits. These quotes were shared to Congressional offices as Congress considers another bill responding to COVID-19.

article MAZON Urges Prioritizing SNAP in Next COVID-19 Response Bill Apr 8, 2020

MAZON issued a letter to Speaker Pelosi and Congressional Leadership outlining the importance of prioritizing SNAP increases in the next COVID-19 response bill, as well as a technical fix to address the needs of military families facing food insecurity.

article We Support: Letter from Nearly 800 Organizations Calling on Congress to Increase SNAP Benefits in Response to COVID-19 Crisis Apr 8, 2020

MAZON joined nearly 800 national and local organizations in a letter urging Congressional Leadership to use the next federal relief package to strengthen SNAP by increasing the maximum benefit available to all households by 15% and increasing the minimum benefit from $16 to $30 until the economy recovers from the impact of COVID-19. Additionally, this letter calls on Congress to delay the implementation of proposed and final rules that the Administration has issued for SNAP.

article We Support: Letter from Nearly 800 Organizations Calling on the President to Increase SNAP Benefits in Response to COVID-19 Crisis Apr 8, 2020

MAZON joined nearly 800 national and local organizations in a letter urging the President to use the next federal relief package to strengthen SNAP by increasing the maximum benefit available to all households by 15% and increasing the minimum benefit from $16 to $30 until the economy recovers from the impact of COVID-19. Additionally, this letter calls on Congress to delay the implementation of proposed and final rules that the Administration has issued for SNAP.

article MAZON Leads Jewish Call to Protect Nutrition Assistance During Coranvirus Crisis Apr 6, 2020

MAZON and National Council of Jewish Women led more than 1500 people in nearly every state in a letter calling for Governors to increase and expand access to federal nutrition assistance for low-income families in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

article We Support: Letter from 73 Organizations to OMB Requesting Comment Period Extension Apr 3, 2020

MAZON joined 73 organizations that serve and advocate for people living in poverty in a letter urging the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to extend the comment period for the Request for Comment on Considerations for Additional Measures of Poverty (OMB-2019-0007-0001) in light of the COVID-19 pandemic

We Support: Letter from Over 180 Jewish Communal Groups in Joint Statement of Solidarity Amid COVID-19 Outbreak Apr 1, 2020

MAZON joined more than 180 Jewish communal groups in a joint statement urging political leaders and all Americans to treat the COVID-19 pandemic as a moment for kindness and solidarity, and to make extra efforts to reach towards one another in support, not look to blame or scapegoat.

article We Support: Letter from Anti-Hunger Organizations to USDA Calling for Additional Access to Meals Mar 25, 2020

MAZON joined 57 anti-hunger organizations in a letter urging USDA to use their administrative authority to ensure access to meals during this national emergency and to ease the administrative burden on state child nutrition agencies as well as Food and Nutrition Services staff by issuing additional national waivers.

article We Support: Letter from 73 Organizations Calling on Congress to Protect Farmworkers During COVID-19 Mar 25, 2020

MAZON joined a letter from 73 organizations calling on Congressional Leadership to enact protections for farm workers in light of COVID-19, including removing barrier to accessing SNAP and other nutrition programs.

article We Support: Letter from 62 National Organizations Calling for Secretaries to Extend Paid Sick Leave to Caregivers Mar 24, 2020

MAZON joined 62 national organizations in a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar , Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia, and Secretary of the Treasury Steve Menuchin asking that their agencies extend paid sick leave to include family caregivers for people with disabilities and older adults. Extending paid sick leave will allow millions of people to take the time they need to care for themselves or family members and slow the spread of the virus, lowering utilization of the health care system and ensuring that people with disabilities and older adults will be able to receive care when they need it.

article We Support: Letter Signed By 45 National Faith-Based Organizations to Congress on Priorities for COVID-19 Mar 19, 2020

MAZON joined 45 national faith-based organizations in a letter to Congress outlining the faith communities principles for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. MAZON and our partners call on Congress to prioritize the needs of people who are economically at risk and their families. We have a sacred and moral obligation to ensure adequate resources reach those who do not have the financial ability to weather this crisis.

We Support: Letter from Anti-Hunger Organizations to USDA Calling for Access to Child Nutrition Programs During COVID-19 Mar 19, 2020

MAZON joined 21 national anti-hunger organizations in a letter to USDA's leadership to ensure access to the federal child nutrition programs as the country struggles to respond to COVID-19. This letter asks that USDA move swiftly to implement their new authority to broadly grant waivers to support the provision of meals in communities throughout the country.

article MAZON Leads Jewish Call to Protect Nutrition Assistance During Coranvirus Crisis Mar 18, 2020

MAZON and National Council of Jewish Women led 36 national Jewish organizations, and a group of 515 state and local organizations, and Jewish clergy from around the country in a letter calling for Congress to increase and expand access to federal nutrition assistance for low-income families in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

article MAZON Urges Prioritization of the Military Family Basic Needs Allowance Feb 28, 2020

MAZON issued a letter to the leadership of the Senate Armed Services Committee and House Armed Services Committee, calling for the prioritization of the Military Family Basic Needs Allowance in the Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This bipartisan proposal would address a longstanding shortcoming in military families—primarily lower ranking enlisted service members with multiple dependents—to endure the painful reality of food insecurity.

article We Support: Letter From the Coalition Against Religious Discrimination to USDA in Opposition to Implementation of Executive Order Feb 18, 2020

MAZON joined 36 organizations in a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture opposing the proposed rule to implement Executive Order 13831. This rule would strip away strip away religious freedom protections from people, often vulnerable and marginalized, who use government-funded social services; expand or create religious exemptions for faith-based providers; and create flawed rules for “indirect” aid programs that will harm the religious freedom of beneficiaries.

article We Support: Letter From the Coalition Against Religious Discrimination to HHS in Opposition to Implementation of Executive Order Feb 18, 2020

MAZON joined 36 organizations in a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services opposing the proposed rule to implement Executive Order 13831. This rule would strip away strip away religious freedom protections from people, often vulnerable and marginalized, who use government-funded social services; expand or create religious exemptions for faith-based providers; and create flawed rules for “indirect” aid programs that will harm the religious freedom of beneficiaries.

article We Support: Letter From the Coalition Against Religious Discrimination to VA in Opposition to Implementation of Executive Order Feb 18, 2020

MAZON joined 36 organizations in a letter to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs opposing the proposed rule to implement Executive Order 13831. This rule would strip away strip away religious freedom protections from people, often vulnerable and marginalized, who use government-funded social services; expand or create religious exemptions for faith-based providers; and create flawed rules for “indirect” aid programs that will harm the religious freedom of beneficiaries.

article We Oppose: Religious Discrimination in Veterans Affairs Programs Feb 18, 2020

MAZON submitted formal comments regarding the Department of Veterans' Affairs proposed implementation of a rule which would erase protections that currently prohibit government-funded programs from discriminating against people they serve.

article We Oppose: Religious Discrimination in Health and Human Services Programs Feb 18, 2020

MAZON submitted formal comments regarding the Department of Health and Human Services proposed implementation of a rule which would erase protections that currently prohibit government-funded programs from discriminating against people they serve.

article We Oppose: Religious Discrimination in USDA Programs Feb 12, 2020

MAZON submitted formal comments regarding the United States Department of Agriculture proposed implementation of a rule which would erase protections that currently prohibit government-funded programs from discriminating against people they serve.

article We Support: Letter Signed By Over 120 Organizations to Congressional Leadership Calling for the Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act Feb 7, 2020

MAZON joined 127 organizations in a letter to Congressional Leadership supporting the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020 (H.R. 4334) to swiftly reauthorize the Older Americans Act (OAA). The OAA is essential to developing, coordinating, and delivering home and community-based services that help older adults remain in their homes and communities as they age. Many individuals served by OAA-funded programs would otherwise be at significant risk of hunger, isolation, abuse, and losing their ability to choose where they want to age.

article MAZON Written Testimony Opposing Poverty Threshold Rule Change Feb 6, 2020

MAZON applauds the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform for holding a series of hearings about the “Trump Administration’s Attack on Children.” We submitted written testimony for the hearings on Proposed Changes to Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility for SNAP.

article MAZON Written Testimony Opposing Poverty Threshold Rule Change Feb 5, 2020

MAZON applauds the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform for holding a series of hearings about the “Trump Administration’s Attack on Children.” We submitted written testimony for the hearings on Proposed Changes to the Poverty Line Calculations.

article We Support: Letter to House Oversight Committee on Congressional Hearings Feb 4, 2020

MAZON joined 23 other national faith-based organizations, and joined a broad array of advocacy partners in calling attention to U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform Hearings on “Trump Administration’s Attack on Children.”

article We Support: Letter Signed By Over 50 Organizations to Eight Federal Agencies Requesting Comment Period Extension Jan 28, 2020

MAZON joined 57 organizations in a letter to eight federal agencies requesting for a comment period extension on eight proposed rules pertaining to the participation of Faith-Based organizations in Federal Programs. These eight proposed rules have a sweeping scope and MAZON joined the charge calling for a meaningful comment period to explore the impact of these proposals.

MAZON Testifies Before Congress Jan 9, 2020

Josh Protas, MAZON’s Vice President of Public Policy, testified before the U.S. House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity in a hearing entitled “Reviewing the Availability of Resources to Address Veteran Hunger.”

We Oppose: Proposed Changes to Enable Discrimination in HHS-Funded Programs Dec 17, 2019

MAZON submitted formal comments regarding the Department of Human Services’ proposed rule change to eliminate protections that currently prohibit government-funded programs from discriminating against people they serve.

We Oppose: Proposed Changes to Benefit Calculations for SNAP Dec 2, 2019

MAZON submitted formal comments regarding USDA's proposed changes to the way that SNAP benefits are calculated. We are deeply concerned that this proposal would restrict state flexibility and efficiency, circumvent Congressional intent, and cause significant harm to people who are struggling to feed themselves and their families.

MAZON Leads Opposition to Proposed Changes to SNAP Benefit Calculations Dec 2, 2019

MAZON led 26 national faith-based organizations in a letter opposing USDA’s proposed rule change to SNAP benefit calculations.

article We Support: Letter Opposing Proposed Standard Utility Allowances Rule Change Due to Impact on LGBTQ Community Nov 26, 2019

MAZON joined a sign on comment to USDA Regarding Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP Standardization of State Heating and Cooling Standard Utility Allowances -- RIN 0584-AE69. The comment outlines the disproportionate impact on the LGBTQ community and opposes the proposal. 

MAZON Urges Prioritization of Food Security and Sovereignty in Honoring Promises to Native Nations Act Nov 21, 2019

MAZON and the Native Farm Bill Coalition wrote a letter to Rep. Haaland and Sen. Warren in support of the Honoring Promises to Native Nations Act and asking for the inclusion of provisions enhancing Tribal sovereignty through food security and food sovereignty.

MAZON Leads Charge to Fund SNAP During Future Government Shutdowns Nov 12, 2019

MAZON led 18 national faith-based organizations in a letter calling for Congress to give USDA the authority to fund federal nutrition programs for 120 days following the expiration of legislation to fund the government, to prevent the worsening of hunger.

article We Support: Letter Signed by Over 100 National Organizations Supporting the Dignity in Aging Act Nov 5, 2019

MAZON joined over 100 national organizations expressing support for the “Dignity in Aging Act” (H.R. 4334) to reauthorize the Older Americans Act (OAA) — this bill unanimously passed the U.S. House of Representatives on October 28. We encourage the Senate to advance this bipartisan bill, which strengthens and increases funding authorizations for OAA programs that provide nutrition and other assistance to over 11 million seniors and caregivers.

article We Support: Letter to Congress Prohibiting ERS/NIFA Relocation Nov 4, 2019

MAZON joined over 20 organizations in a letter urging congressional appropriators to prohibit the relocation of USDA’s two key research agencies—the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)—from Washington, DC to Kansas City.

article We Oppose: Proposed Changes to Categorical Eligibility in SNAP Oct 25, 2019

MAZON submitted formal comments for the reopened comment period regarding USDA’s proposed changes to Categorical Eligibility in SNAP. We are deeply concerned that this proposal will jeopardize free school meals for nearly one million children, potentially impacting community eligibility for nutrition programs and exacerbating the phenomenon of “lunch shaming.”

article We Support: Letter from California Policymakers Urging USDA to Withdraw SNAP Proposals Oct 21, 2019

As an organization headquartered in California, MAZON is proud that 45 members of the state’s congressional delegation wrote a letter urging USDA to withdraw the three recent proposals that would harshly cut SNAP benefits for millions of Americans who struggle with hunger.

article We Support: Letter from 40 Members of Congress on USDA Proposal’s Impact on Veterans Oct 1, 2019

MAZON is pleased that 40 Members of Congress signed a letter urging USDA to withdraw its proposed rule change that would eliminate Categorical Eligibility in SNAP, citing that it would “take our country in the wrong direction in terms of caring for America’s veterans.”

article MAZON Leads Opposition to Proposed Categorical Eligibility Changes Sep 23, 2019

MAZON led 23 national faith-based organizations in a letter opposing USDA’s proposed rule change regarding Categorical Eligibility in SNAP.

article We Oppose: USDA Proposed Rule Change to Categorical Eligibility Will Increase Hunger Sep 20, 2019

MAZON submitted formal comments to USDA regarding its proposed rule change to “revise” Categorical Eligibility in SNAP. We argue that the proposal will increase hunger and hardship in America, particularly for populations that have long been overlooked including seniors, currently-serving military families, veterans, Native Americans, and those in rural America.

article We Support: Bipartisan Group of 31 Members of Congress Urge Leaders to Address Military Hunger in NDAA Sep 20, 2019

MAZON is pleased to see a bipartisan group of 31 Members of Congress urge leaders of the House Armed Services Committee to address the long-overlooked issue of food insecurity among military families in the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

article We Support: Care for LGBTQ Seniors and Seniors with HIV Amendment Act of 2019 Sep 18, 2019

MAZON joined over 30 organizations in a letter urging Washington D.C. councilmembers to ensure that LGBTQ older adults and older people living with HIV/AIDS are recognized among the “greatest social need” and included in D.C.’s planning for older adult services and supports.

article We Support: Bipartisan Group of 11 Senators Urge Leaders to Address Military Hunger in NDAA Sep 12, 2019

MAZON is pleased to see a bipartisan group of 11 Senators urge leaders of the Senate Armed Service Committee to address the long-overlooked issue of food insecurity among military families in the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

We Support: Letter to House Expanding Earned Income Tax Credit & Child Tax Credit Sep 12, 2019

MAZON joined over 100 national organizations expressing support for the Working Families Tax Relief Act (H.R. 3157) which would help millions of struggling working families and low-income children by expanding the highly effective Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC).

We Support: Letter to Senate Expanding Earned Income Tax Credit & Child Tax Credit Sep 12, 2019

MAZON joined over 100 national organizations expressing support for the Working Families Tax Relief Act which would help millions of struggling working families and low-income children by expanding the highly effective Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC).

article MAZON Urges Support for Military Families in NDAA Sep 9, 2019

MAZON wrote a letter urging House and Senate Armed Services Committee leadership to preserve the Military Family Basic Needs Allowance in the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report.

We Support: Letter to Congress Urging Bipartisan Budget Deal Jul 30, 2019

MAZON joined over 30 faith-based organizations in a letter urging Congress to pass a bipartisan budget deal that lifts caps for non-defense spending, and to prioritize funding for vulnerable populations in appropriations.

We Support: Letter Urging Congress to Raise Budget Caps Jun 25, 2019

MAZON joined over 250 national organizations in a letter calling on Congress to lift caps on discretionary spending to ensure those who are struggling can meet basic needs.

We Support: Letter to Senate HELP Committee on Older Americans Act Reauthorization Jun 21, 2019

MAZON’s letter to the Senate HELP Committee urges them to address food insecurity among seniors—in particular LGBT seniors—in the OAA reauthorization.

MAZON Public Comments Opposing Poverty Threshold Rule Change Jun 21, 2019

MAZON submitted comments in opposition to the Administrations proposed rule change to calculate the Official Poverty Measure. The changes would deny vital assistance to Americans in need by making the poverty line a less accurate reflection of their circumstances.

We Support: Letter to Senate Appropriations Committee on FDPIR Pilot funding Jun 14, 2019

MAZON issued a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee, calling for full funding of the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) 638 Pilot Program.

We Support: Letter Urging Passage of CARE for Families Act Jun 10, 2019

MAZON joined over 30 anti-hunger, public health, and maternal health organizations urging passage of this act, which would invest in community health partnerships to sustain WIC’s public health nutrition success.

We Support: Improving Access to Nutrition Act May 24, 2019

MAZON endorses Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s Improving Access to Nutrition Act, which would lift SNAP time limits for able-bodies adults without dependents.

article We Support: Letter from 60 Members of Congress on Veteran SNAP Acces May 24, 2019

MAZON is heartened that 60 Members of Congress signed a letter urging USDA to rescind a proposed SNAP rule change that would negatively impact veterans who struggle with hiunger.

We Support: Letter to Congress Urging Passage of Equality Act May 20, 2019

MAZON joined over a dozen national Jewish organizations in a letter calling on Congress to pass the Equality Act, which would mark a significant step forward for the LGBTQ community.

We Support: Letter to Congress Urging Passage of Disaster Relief Legislation May 1, 2019

MAZON joined 15 other faith-based organizations in a letter calling on Congress to pass urgently needed disaster relief legislation, particularly in Puerto Rico.

We Support: Letter to Congress Urging Bipartisan Budget Deal Apr 15, 2019

MAZON joined over 20 faith-based organizations in a letter urging Congress to pass a bipartisan budget deal that raises the caps for non-defense discretionary spending and explicitly prioritizes critical low-income programs for additional investments, primarily housing assistance and the Census.

 

We Support: Letter to Congress Urging Funding Protection for Key Programs Apr 2, 2019

MAZON joined over 800 national, state, and local organizations urging Congress to take immediate steps to negotiate a bipartisan budget that prevents cuts to critical non-defense discretionary funding (NDD) programs including veterans’ health care, job training, education, housing, children’s services, the 2020 Census, national parks, scientific research, affordable housing and health and safety

MAZON Leads Opposition to USDA Proposal on SNAP Work Requirements. Apr 1, 2019

MAZON led 20 community foundations in a letter opposing USDA’s proposed rule change to restrict current waiver standards for childless adults who participate in SNAP.

We Support: Letter Opposing Proposed USDA Waiver Rule Change Mar 19, 2019

MAZON joined 36 faith-based organizations to voice concern over the proposed USDA waiver rule change, which would restrict states’ flexibility to provide vital nutrition support to people who struggle with hunger.

article We Oppose: USDA Proposal on SNAP Work Requirements Mar 19, 2019

MAZON submitted formal comments to USDA regarding its proposed rule change to restrict current waiver standards for childless adults who participate in SNAP.

We Support: Letter Calling for an End to Government Shutdown Jan 17, 2019

MAZON and other faith leaders sent a letter to Congress urging an immediate end to the government shutdown, which is having dire consequences for millions of food insecure Americans.

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 Oppose: USDA Advanced Notice on Changing SNAP Work Requirements Apr 4, 2018

MAZON submitted formal comments to USDA regarding its advanced notice of proposed rulemaking to change rules that govern the 3-month time limit on certain SNAP recipients.

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  

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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.

article MAZON Urges Support for Military Families in NDAA Sep 6, 2015

MAZON wrote a letter urging House and Senate Armed Services Committee leadership to preserve the Military Family Basic Needs Allowance in the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report.

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 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