ICYMI: Courage for America Hosts “Back Off Our Benefits: Food Drive;” Collected 100+ Donations for Black Men United Food Bank
Local residents collected food donations amidst threats to food assistance programs like SNAP and WIC
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday, Courage for America hosted a “Back Off Our Benefits: Food Drive” to collect food for the residents of NE-02 as threats to food assistance programs endanger food security ahead of the holiday season. 141 cans and 59 additional food and toiletry products were donated during the food drive hosted at Bärchen Beer Garden.
“SNAP benefits, WIC benefits, I really want Congress to continue to support and even enhance these programs because we have a lot of working class families that are struggling,” said Roger Garcia, Douglas County Commissioner. “These programs are essential to make sure that we as a greater society are taking care of our families that need that moment of assistance. Congress, let’s support SNAP and WIC programs.”
“Food insecurity is far too common among communities like Omaha where many families rely on programs like SNAP to put food on the table, especially during the holiday season,” said José Morales Jr., spokesperson for Courage for America. “The residents of NE-02 showed up yesterday, donating over 100 cans and other necessities to ensure their neighbors are cared for this holiday season. But the reality is, they should not have to do this alone. The Omaha community deserves a Congressman who will look out for them. That’s why Courage for America and all who showed up yesterday are calling on Representative Bacon to back off our benefits and stop threatening food assistance programs.”
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(Cans and other donated products at Bärchen Beer Garden)
(Constituent of NE-02 attends “Back Off Our Benefits: Food Drive”)
(Conversation during the “Back Off Our Benefits: Food Drive”)
- 27,596 (9.8%) NE-02 households rely on SNAP benefits for nutrition assistance.
- In September 2023, Rep. Bacon voted for the House Republicans’ continuing resolution that would have:
- Taken away food assistance from moms, kids, and seniors.
- Raised the cost of housing, home heating, food, and health care.
- Cut access to Social Security.
- In April 2023, Rep. Bacon voted for the Default on America Act (Limit, Save, Grow Act of 2023) which would have led to 275,000 people losing benefits in an average month, and 19,000 seeing reduced monthly benefits.
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