Take Action to Change Public Policy

Hunger is injustice. Together we can end it!

Just Harvest staff and members at the April 15, 2015 Fight for $15 rally in PittsburghHunger and poverty are caused by political choices. Ending hunger means changing politics.

Let your representatives in government know how you feel. It is our right – and our responsibility – as constituents to speak our minds and demand action.

The actions on this page (below) explain why and how you should call specific elected officials to account. Your calls and emails make a difference!

Want to do more?

orange arrowJoin us at Power of the Pen, our monthly series of coordinated letter-writing to public officials and local newspapers.

orange arrowCheck out our State and Federal Bill Tracker to follow our legislative advocacy on hunger and poverty.

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Current Actions

Protester holding sign: Geneal Asst. Save Lives We must protect General Assistance for the most vulnerable- After years of advocacy and a PA Supreme Court ruling, General Assistance has been reinstated in PA. But it’s now at risk of being eliminated again.
Hunger Free America logo Hunger Free America statement on new Trump administration food work requirements- “The new Trump Administration decision – which strips flexibility from states to provide nutrition assistance to people who are unemployed – is unworkable, hypocritical, cruel, and illegal.”
Drawing: Port Authority cash fare is $2.75 whereas Connect card fare is $2.50 Make Port Authority Fares Fair for Allegheny County!- Just Harvest and allies are calling on Port Authority of Allegheny County to adopt three fare policies for a more equitable, high-performing transit system.
African-American family Expanding worker protections: Paid sick days and leave- All workers face caregiving responsibilities at some point – whether it’s a child, a parent, or themselves. It’s time employers stop punishing them for that.

Recent Actions

Trump: "We're going to build a wall and Mexico is going to pay for it!" "If the American taxpayer doesn't pay for my wall I'm gonna shut down the government!" via flickr (Thomas Cizauskas) What the federal government shutdown means for struggling people- Worried about the nation’s critical anti-hunger and anti-poverty programs? Here’s how the shutdown is affecting the people Just Harvest serves.
Immigrant mother and child embrace The new “public charge” rule will hurt immigrant families- Join allies across Allegheny County in the national drive to submit 100,000 comments before the Dec. 10 deadline to oppose the Trump public charge rule.
Priority: Affordable Access -- More Vendors, Free Transfers Fare Capping A Foundation for Equity: The Riders’ Vision for Port Authority of Allegheny County- Just Harvest is joining Pittsburghers for Public Transit and Mon Valley Initiative to advance the Riders’ Vision for Public Transit in Allegheny County.
work requirements = cuts in disguise Two cruel state bills would limit access to food and medical assistance- Please take action NOW to oppose Pennsylvania House Bills 2138 and 1659, which would add and expand cruel, costly, and unnecessary time limits on Medicaid and SNAP.