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 that shape public policy. Ending hunger means improving those choices and policies.

Let your representatives in government know how you feel. It is our right – and our responsibility – as constituents to speak out for our needs 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

empty shopping cart in grocery store aisle Trump administration’s “categorical eligibility” proposal will drastically cut SNAP access - A new Trump proposal would hugely increase hunger by kicking millions of Americans off food stamps and by making it harder to get nutrition assistance.
Our policy advocate Ann Sanders speaks at a June 2019 rally in Harrisburg to save General Assistance Trying to save cash assistance for the poorest Pennsylvanians - A state-wide coalition has been trying to save a public program that helps the most vulnerable. But our opponents are equally determined.
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

Food assistance for the hungry shouldn’t have a time limit - Don’t let Washington officials take food away from 755,000 people, including 90,000 in PA. Help stop Pres. Trump’s latest attack on people in poverty.
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.
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.