No Child Should Go Hungry!

I featured on Mother’s Day. Here is one of their petitions that I think fits with my philosophy for Menupause, that is feeding the hungry good food.
Thanx to my friend Honey for sending this.

And part of my Earth Day, Every Day philosophy is taking care that no one goes hungry when there is plenty of food on the planet. Mother Nature provides and the government should not take away what she provides. Having enough food is a right, not a privilege.


I’ll be totally honest with you:

The language I used upon learning that Donald Trump is proposing an $193 billion cut to SNAP (food stamps) was not exactly child-friendly. [1] Trump’s proposal puts at risk the 40 million people, especially children and the elderly, that rely on SNAP to put food on the table. [2] This hurts people and our economy alike!

Well, I’ve yelled into pillows. I’ve shaken my fist in the air. I’ve taken a number of deep breaths. And now I’m ready to take action!

***Join me in telling Congress to immediately reject Trump’s proposal to massively slash SNAP and instead protect the program for hungry children and families! 

Here’s what’s going on: Last week Donald Trump proposed his full national budget and it includes a massive cut—more than 25%!— to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which would  reduce benefits for hundred of thousands families and shift the cost to our already financially stretched states and hurt our economy. The unemployed, the elderly, and our low-income working families would bear the brunt of these cuts. [3]

In addition, Trump wants to create an extreme barrier to accessing the program by requiring some SNAP recipients be employed. The fact is that when you lose your job you are most at risk for hunger, and over half of households with children receiving SNAP already have at least one working adult in the family. [4] Trump creates this needless barrier, but doesn’t offer up any funding for job training or job creation. Many families are still struggling to recover from the recession and loss of jobs in their communities and SNAP is the only thing keeping them out of poverty or from falling deeper into poverty. This proposal is callous, heartless, and careless. It will hurt our families AND our economy.

Since its bipartisan origin, SNAP has operated as a national program with benefits paid by the federal government—a structure that was intended to address the enormous disparity in hunger and poverty across states and provide adequate resources in times of economic trouble. If Trump gets his way, states will suffer a budget crisis attempting to pick up the costs, and many of them will fail doing so, meaning our hungry families will sink deeper into poverty, be unable to put food on the table, and our economy will suffer.

But we have time to stop this! Trump’s budget is only a recommendation. It’s up to the U.S. Congress to pass the final budget and they must say no to this atrocious cut to SNAP.

**Sign our letter to Congress now and tell them to immediately reject Trump’s budget and his plans to slash SNAP! 

The reason this is so careless is we know SNAP works! SNAP lifts up the most vulnerable among us. 70% of SNAP participants are in families with children (and over half of those families have at least one adult in the household working). [4,5] SNAP helps parents work, promotes healthy eating, and responds quickly to disasters and crisis like a hurricane or an economic downturn.

Moreover, lifts the economy. The USDA has found that SNAP is a key public program, which also serves as an economic stimulus, creating an economic boost that ripples through the economy when new SNAP benefits are redeemed. [6] Children who receive SNAP do better educationally, have better health outcomes and grow up to be better workers and are better able to contribute to our economy.

We need YOU to speak out and tell Congress to boost our families and boost our economy!

**Sign our letter now and tell Congress to reject Trump’s cuts to SNAP: 

SNAP has helped millions of families for decades. Trump’s budget will make our families hungrier, sicker, and poorer if it’s allowed to be passed into law. Luckily, we have time to make our voices heard and let our Senators and Representatives know that this is not ok with moms, dads, and concerned voters! After you take action, we would love if you would forward this email to your friends and family and post our action link on Facebook and Twitter so we can get as many people as possible to speak out!

Together we are a force to be reckoned with! Together we will protect our children and families!

-Elyssa, Karen, Monifa, Donna, Kristin and the team

P.S. Your stories matter! When you share your story we share them with our elected leaders on Capitol Hill and they make a huge difference. Just last week D.C. mom Jessica testified before a caucus in the House of Representatives after sharing her story with MomsRising. So will you take a few seconds to share your thoughts and experiences with SNAP with us?

[1] Sergio Hernandez. “Trump is proposing massive cuts to food stamps. His voters might not like that.” CNN, May 22, 2017.

[2] Brynne Keith-Jennings and Vincent Palacios. “SNAP Helps Millions of Low-Wage Workers.” CBPP, May 10, 2017.

[3] Stacy Dean. “President’s Budget Would Shift Substantial Costs to States and Cut Food Assistance for Millions.” CBPP, May 23, 2017.

[4, 6] Maria Godoy and Allison Aubrey. “Trump Wants Families On Food Stamps to Get Jobs. The Majority Already Work.” NPR, May 24, 2017.

[5] CBPP. “Policy Basics: Introduction to SNAP.” March 24, 2016.


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Petition from Moms Rising for Healthier Food for Their Kids
Where moms and people who love them go to change our world

Thanx to my friend Honey for this link to bring healthier foods to kids. esconfused_girl_cropped

This is from an email she sent me. Link to petition below.

Wow – what a year it’s been for healthy kids and families. We’ve called for —and won!—new healthy food guidelines for our littlest learners, calorie counts on restaurant menus, healthier drinks in restaurant kid meals, and much more. Well done! Never doubt that the voices of parents and community members like us can have a *huge* impact.

But there’s more to do. Stopping the marketing of junk food to kids is high on our priority list for the coming year, and we need your help.

Right now we have the opportunity to change the marketing practices of many of the biggest companies that are marketing food to our kids.

* Join us to tell companies it’s time to follow expert recommendations around responsible food marketing to kids.

What’s happening? Many big food and beverage companies participate in the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) and pledge to have healthier marketing practices. The CFBAI has made lots of progress in recent years, adding more member companies and adopting universal nutrition criteria for its members, including General Mills, Hershey, McDonalds, Coca Cola and more.

This fall the CFBAI is updating its nutrition standards for food marketing to children. This is an important opening to ensure that these very big brands, which have extensive reach in our communities, are following the latest recommendations regarding what’s healthy for our kids. We’re asking the CFBAI to make sure only healthier foods and beverages are marketed to kids.

* Will you join us? Add your voice now.

We’re asking the CFBAI to:

Require that brands marketed to children only contain products that meet nutrition criteria.
Reduce added sugars and salt, to be consistent with new Dietary Guidelines for Americans. [1]
Encourage nutrient-rich foods, rather than fortification of otherwise unhealthy products.
Remove sugary drinks from kids’ meals.
These standards should protect all kids including older kids (ages 12-14) not currently covered by CFBAI’s protections [2]. They should also cover all the ways that companies market to young people—including food packages and family TV shows where children constitute 25% or more of the audience, or when ads are designed to get kids’ attention. [2]

These updates are backed up by experts and the new Recommendations for Responsible Food Marketing to Children report. [2] If adopted by these major food and drink companies, they would be a great step forward in promoting the health of our kids.

*Can you tell companies to do more to protect the health of our kids? It just takes a minute.

Companies spend almost $2 billion per year marketing food and drinks to kids, and the majority of that marketing is for junk food. [3] But companies can also be a part of what makes a healthy community, playing a role alongside schools, families, and public spaces. And we know they listen to parents. In fact, women make three-quarters of purchasing decisions so when we speak out, companies listen.

After you sign on, please take a moment to post the above action link on Facebook, Tweet it out, and share via email. The more of us who take action, the bigger the impact we’ll have together. After all, our consumer power is nothing to sneeze at!

Thank you. Together, we’re a powerful voice for healthy kids and families!

– Karen, Monifa, Dream, Migdalia, Felicia, Diarra and the rest of the team

P.S. If you signed a MomsRising petition around the CFBAI last year, please take a moment to sign again now! We have updated our petition to reflect the latest expert recommendations. Thank you!
[1] Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020.

[2] Recommendations for Responsible Food Marketing to Children, Healthy Eating Research. January 2015.

[3] Marketing Food to Children and Adolescents: A Review of Industry Expenditures, Activities, and Self-Regulation: A Report To Congress, Federal Trade Commission. July 2008.

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Help reduce junk food marketing to kids
Companies spend almost $2 billion dollars per year marketing food and drinks to our kids. The Corporate Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI)—the industry’s self-regulatory body, which includes General Mills, Coca-Cola, Pepsico and more—is one mechanism for making it stop. Join us to ask the CFBAI to adopt expert recommendations to update marketing and nutrition standards for all of its member companies!


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