Thursday, May 29, 2008

IL advocacy: Food for Families program

From the Greater Chicago Food Depository...
Your action is needed today on an issue that is critical to food banks, pantries and the people we serve in Illinois. The Food for Families program helps the members of the Illinois Food Bank Association (IFBA), which includes the Greater Chicago Food Depository, to provide nutritious food to families and individuals across Illinois who are having difficulty putting food on their tables. In the coming year, Food for Families could provide 7 million pounds of food assistance which would allow the IFBA to assist an estimated 175,000 additional households in Illinois.

Our state leaders are currently negotiating the details of the FY2009 Illinois state budget. Governor Blagojevich has included the Food for Families program in the administration's proposed budget, but in order for the program to receive funding it must be included in the final version of the state budget. This requires support from members of the Illinois General Assembly in both the House and Senate.

Please reach out to your state officials TODAY and let them know that feeding hungry families, like the Garcia Family, pictured above, must be a priority in Illinois. There is still time to have an impact on the state budget process!

Please take action today. In just a few clicks, you can help the hungry.

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