Advocacy can seem intimidating. What does it mean to advocate for an organization or a cause that you care about? We can help make it simple so that together, we can make positive changes in the lives of our neighbors. Whether it is writing a letter, sending an email, making a phone call, or sharing something on social media, each action will help us meet our goal of alleviating hunger in our region.
We know you care deeply about our community and have supported Second Harvest as we’ve worked to provide food to families across our region. We need your help!
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) passed by Congress last year provides the state with $5.36 billion, separated into two allocations, to promote an equitable recovery from the pandemic for all Ohioans. The administration and the Ohio General Assembly have not invested any of this money into the health and human services sector.
A COVID cliff will hit at the end of the Public Health Emergency (PHE) and affect families in our region. Several COVID-related enhanced benefits and flexibilities tied to the PHE have made it possible for families to weather rising costs for basic needs and maintain stability during uncertain times.
Families will soon face the end of enhanced SNAP benefits, the redetermination of Medicaid cases, and resumed federal student loan payments, all within a few months. These pandemic flexibilities were intended to be temporary. Yet, these support's sudden and significant loss - without investments in the remaining safety net and the organizations that help these families - will increase food and economic hardship causing more confusion and stress.
As we inch closer to the end of the Public Health Emergency and the end of additional SNAP benefits to families with children and seniors, we fear we will not be able to respond to the increased need.
We ask our friends and supporters to sign our petition to bring necessary and approved funding to Second Harvest and our sister food banks in Ohio.Learn more about the request on our ARPA web page and Advocates for Ohio's Future's request summary.
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