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Advocate and Help Us End Hunger

Advocacy allows those who are interested to make a special contribution in creating awareness about hunger issues affecting our community.

Advocacy Opportunities

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Many people, especially children, depend on nutrition assistance programs like SNAP (known as CalFresh in California) for the food they need. Those few dollars their families receive make all the difference in helping them get the food they need to grow and learn.

The Farm Bill, which contains this funding, is up for reauthorization. The proposed bill would have a devastating impact on Orange County’s food insecure and many more people will need our help, but Second Harvest will not be able to make up the shortfall. Please call your elected officials, especially your Congressperson, to ask them to vote against the proposed bill.

Here’s an easy way to let your voice be heard. Call Feeding America’s toll free number, and you will be connected to your elected official. Then follow the easy directions and leave a message asking them to protect and strengthen nutrition assistance programs.

  1. Just dial this toll free number, (888) 398-8702 and listen to the pre-recorded message.
  2. You will be asked to enter your zip code. Once you are connected to your first Member of Congress, state that you are a constituent and give your name and the town you are calling from.
  3. Let the office know you are calling about SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs.

Deliver this message:
As my Member of Congress, I urge you to protect and strengthen nutrition assistance programs like SNAP, school and summer meals, and other nutrition programs. Please protect these programs and pass a strong child nutrition bill that helps our children get adequate and nutritious food they need to build healthy bodies and strong minds.

Be sure to speak with both of your senators and your representative. 

Learn About Hunger

Many in Orange County are unaware that there are so many people in our community who don’t know where they will find enough food to feed their families. The more you know about hunger, the more you can help friends and neighbors understand the issues.

Hunger Study 2014

If you are interested in knowing more about hunger in Orange County, read our Hunger in America 2014 SHFBOC Summary to find out how hunger affects individuals and families. It provides an eye-opening look at all ways that hunger affects individuals and families.

Other Hunger Fighting Organizations

Click on the links below to find out more about the many other ways you can work to end hunger.

California Food Policy Advocates – has lots of information on legislation affecting funding for hunger programs.

Food Research & Action Center – information from the national perspective.

California Association of Food Banks – will keep you updated on what food banks statewide are doing about hunger in California.

Become a Volunteer Ambassador

Volunteer Ambassadors are a specially-trained group of dedicated volunteers who help Second Harvest engage the community by serving as representatives of Second Harvest at fairs, speaking engagements, food and fund drives, children’s tour hosts, and various other community events which occur during regular business hours, at night, and on the weekends.

Ambassadors educate the community about the hunger problem, Second Harvest’s mission and our impact in Orange County. Serving as an Ambassador is a great way to learn more about the issue of hunger, and meet new people all while serving the community!

Click here for more information or call our volunteer office at 949-653-2900 or send an email to [email protected].