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You can help fight hunger just by lending your voice to the cause. When you reach out to your legislators, you’re helping them understand that food insecurity is an important issue to their constituents.

Federal-Level Advocacy

Food Bank of Iowa is the hub of a network of 500 partner agencies, all dedicated to fighting hunger. In order to fully meet the needs of hungry Iowans, however, this nonprofit network must work alongside the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. This program is under threat in the U.S. Congress, and your voice is essential to helping protect this vital program.

You can use the sample messaging below to send an email or letter, or adapt it for a phone call to your U.S. Representative and Iowa’s Senators. Find your Representative’s information using the House’s search tool, and use this contact information for Senators Grassley and Ernst.

Senator Charles Grassley
135 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Telephone: 202-224-3744 Fax: 202-224-6020
Comment Form

Senator Joni Ernst
111 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Telephone: 202-224-3254
Comment Form

Current Message: Protect SNAP

Subject: Fight cuts to food assistance

Dear [Legislator],

Along with Food Bank of Iowa supporters all across Iowa, I’m urging you to stand up for families in need by fighting against cuts or harmful changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Even though SNAP benefits are not enough to feed a family, they help recipients stretch their grocery budgets and put nutritious meals on the table. Any cuts or harmful changes to SNAP funding would put millions of families at risk, including tens of thousands in your district.

Research from Moody’s Analytics shows that for every dollar spent on SNAP, $1.70 is put back into the U.S. economy. SNAP allows all families to participate in their local economies, and makes our communities stronger. Please stand up for the people back home who rely on SNAP, and reject any cuts or harmful changes to this vital program.

Food Bank of Iowa’s network of partner agencies helps serve tens of thousands of families who struggle with food insecurity. But the fact is, only when nonprofit and federal programs work hand-in-hand can we begin to end hunger in Iowa.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City ST ZIP]