Act now to help Coalition families

What is happening?

Current budget proposals in Washington, DC threaten to cut millions of dollars in support for programs that help feed thousands of low-income seniors, women, infants, and children across the country.  These cuts in TEFAP, SNAP and WIC, a devastating blow to the fight against hunger, were endorsed in the US House of Representatives in June and are now in the US Senate.  A vote is expected after the August recess.

Why is this important to the Coalition?

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) provides food at no cost to low-income Americans in need of short-term hunger relief through organizations such as food banks, soup kitchens and emergency shelters like the Coalition.  The proposed TEFAP cuts will:

  • Dramatically decrease the amount of TEFAP food commodities available by as much as 50%.
  • Directly impact the Coalition’s ability to obtain free USDA food commodities from Second Harvest Food Bank such as canned vegetables, fruit, meats and fish; whole and dry milk; and frozen meats and vegetables.  Coupled with other food we receive, these free items are critical to our ability to provide over 300,000 meals a year.
  • Dramatically impact the Coalition’s food budget.  We save as much as $54,000 a year on food through the TEFAP program.

Additionally, the cuts proposed for the nation’s SNAP (Food Stamps) and WIC Program (Women, Infants and Children) would result in millions less for our area and significantly impact the lives of families in Central Florida, many of whom are barely avoiding – or are on the road back from – homelessness.

How can you help?  Act Now!

  • Contact Florida US Senators Nelson and Rubio as soon as possible by:
    • Phone (You will most likely be speaking to an aide; however, they track every call so this is very important.)
    • E-mail via their websites.
    • Fax or Letter.
    • Express your concern about the millions in cuts to these nutrition programs in H.R.2112, the Department of Agriculture spending bill, which was passed by the House on June 16, 2011.
    • Urge them to protect TEFAP, SNAP and WIC funding in the US Senate.

Contact Information:

Senator Bill Nelson

716 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

Phone: 202-224-5274 (Washington); 407-872-7161 (Orlando)

Fax: 202-228-2183

Email: Click on “Contact Bill.”

Senator Marco Rubio

317 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

Phone: 202-224-3041 (Washington); 407-254-2573 (Orlando)

Fax: 202-228-0285

Email: Go to “Action Center” and click on “Email Senator Rubio.”

We thank you for acting now to show your caring and support for the adults and families with children at Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.