Basics

Why Advocate?

One of the most powerful assets that any community has in the fight against hunger and poverty is its own voice...it’s your voice!

Our advocacy work helps connect community voices, issues and stories to elected officials and public policy-makers in the fight against hunger and poverty. The decisions of our elected officials and the policies they implement can either help or hinder the ability of our neighbors to overcome hunger and access the resources they need to strengthen their families. Share your story, add your voice to the conversation, and join us as we advocate for hungry families and individuals across metro Atlanta and north Georgia!

For more information on hunger and poverty advocacy, contact ACFB Advocacy at advocacy@acfb.org or 404.892.FEED (3333) x1211.

How To Be An Advocate

ACFB makes it easy to be an advocate for those struggling with hunger and poverty. Just choose an action step below to get started.

Sign up for action alerts.

Sign up to receive email alerts about public policy issues related to fighting hunger and poverty. 

Contact your representatives.

It really is okay to call their offices or send an email and tell them your views on a particular issue. They will get the message and they do pay attention when they receive messages. No matter what side of an issue you support, you should always assume that the folks on the other side aren’t being shy about sharing their views. You should do the same! Find your local elected official.

Sign a petition, write a letter to the editor, or speak at a town hall forum

It’s not enough to feel strongly about an issue – if you want to truly play a role in the outcome, it’s important to speak up and share your concerns.   

Be an Advocacy Champion!

We are looking for people who are interested in diving a little deeper in our advocacy efforts. Working together on public policy issues, we can improve the lives of low-income Georgians and make our state a better place to live. Learn what it takes to become an ACFB Advocacy Champion.

Schedule a Hunger 101 session.  

Participating in one of ACFB’s Hunger 101 sessions is a great way for you and your group to gain greater knowledge on the issues of hunger and poverty.  

Issues

Click here to see our 2013-2014 Advocacy Agenda.

Learn more about The Farm Bill, which decides the amount of federal dollars going to support nutrition assistance programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/Food Stamps), The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), and Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). 

 

Test Your Knowledge On SNAP (Food Stamps)

True or False? The SNAP (food stamp) program benefits vulnerable populations.

  • TRUE. 76% of SNAP households included a child, an elderly person, or a disabled person. These particularly vulnerable households receive 84% of all SNAP benefits.[i]
    • The average SNAP household has a gross monthly income of $731, net monthly income of $336, and countable resources of $333.[ii]

True or False? Most SNAP recipients stay on the program for several years.

  • FALSE. The average length of time a participant stays on the program is 9 months.[iii]
    • Because SNAP participation closely follows unemployment, SNAP responded quickly and effectively to the recession.  The program is designed to help struggling families transition as their financial situation stabilizes. 

True or False? People often abuse the SNAP program.

  • FALSE. The program has an accuracy rating of 96.2% (an all-time high), and illegally trafficked benefits constitute only about one percent of all SNAP dollars.[iv] There is less fraud in SNAP than in most businesses, nonprofit groups or defense contracts.   

True or False? If people would work, they wouldn’t have to rely on SNAP.

  • FALSE. Among SNAP households with at least one working-age, non-disabled adult, more than half work while receiving SNAP – and more than 80% work in the year prior to, or the year after, receiving SNAP.[v]

[i] U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service. Characteristics of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Households: Fiscal Year 2010Table A.14. September 2011.

[ii] U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service. Characteristics of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Households: Fiscal Year 2010Table A.5. September 2011. 

[iii] U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service. Fact Sheet.

[iv] U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service. Nation's Primary Nutrition Assistance Program Reaches Highest Accuracy Rate in History of the Program. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service. What is SNAP Fraud?