Confronting Poverty

JCPA and MAZON Launch National Child Nutrition Mobilization

Yesterday, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) and MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger kicked off a nationwide mobilization around the 2009 Child Nutrition Reauthorization with a program, "Let All Who Are Hungry Come and Eat: The Child Nutrition Seder."

The initiative was launched in the nation's Capitol, where Jewish leaders, Members of Congress, faith and anti-hunger advocates, and local teenagers gathered to underscore the moral imperative of investing in Child Nutrition Programs. These programs include School Breakfast and the National School Lunch Programs, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Millions of children rely on these programs for nutritious meals, as well as for educational enrichment activities.



03:16 PM Apr 02, 2009 - 0 comments permalink

Jewish Community Budget Letter

Every year, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs works with our partners at United Jewish Communities to organize a "Jewish Community Budget Letter", highlighting the need to invest in programs and policies that assist vulnerable populations.

Today, JCPA sent this letter, signed by over 100 national and local Jewish organizations, up to Capitol Hill, sharing with Members of Congress communal priorities for the FY2010 Budget.



03:15 PM Mar 19, 2009 - 0 comments permalink

National Phone Call on Women in Poverty - March 19th at 4:00 PM

In 2006, there were 36.5 million people living in poverty: 21 million of them were women. Women are 45 percent more likely to be poor than men and they make up 70 percent of the elderly poor population. As more and more people fall into poverty during this recession, women will continue to be disproportionately impacted by rising unemployment and cutbacks in social services.

Every March, as part of JCPA's National Anti-Poverty Campaign, "There Shall Be No Needy Among You," we aim to educate and activate Jews across the country so that we can address these disparities all year long. This year, we are co-sponsoring this initiative with our partners at the National Council of Jewish Women.



03:14 PM Mar 12, 2009 - 0 comments permalink

Healthcare Reform and Child Nutrition in the President's First Budget

Today, February 26th, President Obama released an outline of his FY2010 Budget Request. To read JCPA's press release on the President's proposal, click here.

This week's Confronting Poverty will focus on what is in the President's Budget for two top JCPA priorities, healthcare reform and the Child Nutrition Reauthorization.

Healthcare: The President's Budget provides a reserve fund of over $630 billion over 10 years as a down payment on financing healthcare reform. While this amount will not be enough to pay for a universal plan, President Obama has committed to working with Congress to find the rest of the money necessary to cover every American while lowering healthcare costs. The Budget does not outline the specifics of the healthcare reform plan, as that will be determined in negotiations between Congress and the administration.



03:14 PM Feb 26, 2009 - 0 comments permalink

Sign Your Agency Onto the Child Nutrition Statement of Principles

ACTION! Join JCPA in signing your agency onto the "Child Nutrition Reauthorization" Statement of Principles by clicking here. Circulate the statement to your grassroots coalition partners and urge them to sign-on as well. Reach out to stakeholders such as anti-hunger, religious, education, medical, nutrition, direct service, school food, pre-school and child care, unions, after school, industry, agriculture organizations to build a broad-based advocacy effort in your community, city or state.

Background: In preparation for the reauthorization of the child nutrition and WIC programs in 2009, thousands of national, state and local organizations will join in support of a "Statement of Principles" to guide our reauthorization efforts. This statement will be presented to members of Congress, Administration officials, and other relevant policymakers to demonstrate the broad support to expand, strengthen and provide much-needed investments in these critical programs.



03:13 PM Feb 19, 2009 - 0 comments permalink

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