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 below on this page explain why (and how) you should contact specific elected officials about key issues. Your calls and emails make a difference!

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Current Actions

Take Action to Strengthen SNAP Now! Tell your U.S. Senators to pas the HEROES Act and make sure everyone can afford food! Tell the Senate to pass the HEROES Act and strengthen SNAP now! (5/18/2020) - SNAP is our nation’s first line of defense against hunger. Use our quick form to urge Sen. Casey and Toomey to move quickly to address hunger.
blurry grocery aisle (via Flickr/Consumerist Dot Com) Support new bills to enable grocery delivery for SNAP shoppers (4/30/2020) - The USDA announced that SNAP recipients in PA are allowed to use their benefits to buy groceries online. New legislation will help cover the costs of their delivery fees.
COVID-19: Federal & State Action Actions to improve government COVID-19 relief efforts (4/25/2020) - Congress has now passed four relief packages in response to the pandemic. But too often corporate profits are coming before the public interest.
Poor People's Campaign rally in DC, Jun. 23 2018 Poverty Amidst Pandemic: A Moral Response to COVID-19 (3/22/2020) - Before COVID-19, nearly 700 people died every day because of poverty in this country. We must now protect the poor and the workers on the frontlines.
PA government must protect us all during the coronavirus pandemic (3/20/2020) - Join us in urging our state officials to swiftly adopt key measures to protect working families and other vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coronavirus over US flag. Image by Vektor Kunst from Pixabay COVID-19: The Federal government must do more (3/20/2020) - Federal policymakers must enact additional measures now to mitigate the far-reaching economic harms arising from the coronavirus pandemic.

Recent Actions

illustration of paying for groceries online (via pxhere/mohamed hassan) Grocery shopping with food stamps during a pandemic (4/3/2020) - The ability to shop online for groceries with food stamps is more than just a convenience. During this pandemic, it’s possibly a matter of life and death.
A Budget for America's Future via KSTP For America’s future, or just the wealthy? Another cruel Trump budget (2/12/2020) - This budget would push millions of Americans into or deeper into poverty, making life harder in every way possible for people already on the brink.
#FairFares for dignity equity & the freedom to move Support #FairFares Policy Platform to Address Inequities in Access (2/5/2020) - Port Authority’s current community engagement sessions may be riders’ only opportunity to influence the agency’s current plans to redesign fare policy.
elementary school children eat lunch in cafeteria Estimate doubles of hungry kids hurt by Trump ending “categorical eligibility” (10/21/2019) - The federal public comment period on a rule change to SNAP that would cut access to free school meals has been re-opened. The final day to comment is November 1!