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Hunger Relief Act

I received these 2   messages from the Community Food Security Coalition and
thought that it was important to let my American friends know about this. I
don't know whether the agricultural appropriations bill and the Hunger
Relief Act contains any reference to community gardens but they should. May
be you can let your congressional representatives know about that also.


From: Community Food Security Coalition <comfood-l@listproc.tufts.edu>
Date: Sat,  7 Oct 2000 00:01:31 EDT
To: Community Food Security Coalition <comfood-l@listproc.tufts.edu>
Subject: COMFOOD-L digest 476

Forwarded message ----------
Date: Fri, 06 Oct 2000 11:30:29 -0400 (EDT)
From: SDHC@aol.com
To: undisclosed-recipients:  ;
Subject: Urgent Action Needed on Hunger Relief Act

To: Groups in Mississippi, Wisconsin, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Ohio,
California and Florida
From:   FRAC, Ellen Vollinger
Right now, Members of Congress from both the House and Senate are meeting to
decide what to include in the FY 2002 Agriculture Appropriations bill.
are rumors that all or parts of the Hunger Relief Act might be included in
this spending bill.  This could be the best opportunity to get the Hunger
Relief Act passed into law this year.

As they weigh a number of different spending priorities, key appropriators
need again to hear from you the importance of passing the Hunger Relief Act
this year.  Congress hopes to finish work on this bill today, so it is
critical that you contact them now.

Please locate the Member of Congress from your state and quickly weigh-in
with them, letting them know that they should include the Hunger Relief Act
in the Agriculture Appropriations bill.  Also, please call and let President
Clinton and/or Vice President Gore know that the Hunger Relief Act should be
passed this year.  

Rep. Sam Farr (D)           (202) 225-2861
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D)       (202) 224-3841

President Clinton           (202) 456-1414

Vice President Gore         (202) 456-2326
From: Linda Elswick <ipsa@igc.org>
Date: Fri, 06 Oct 2000 15:09:51 -0500
To: Community Food Security Coalition <comfood-l@listproc.tufts.edu>
Subject: update on Community Food Security Initiative and appropriations

We have news today that the Senate language in the agricultural
appropriations bill favorable to allowing USDA to continue with its
efforts on the Community Food Security Initiative has prevailed over the
very restrictive House of Representatives language that would have
markedly reduced USDA's activities in this area.  The conferees from the
House and Senate are still meeting but this particular item appears to
have been resolved.

Thanks to all those who wrote or called Congress on this issue.  It made
a difference.

Linda Elswick
Washington Representative
Laura Berman
Community Garden Programme Coordinator
FoodShare Toronto
238 Queen St. West
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1Z7
Phone:   (416) 392-1668
Fax:        (416) 392-6650
email: laura@foodshare.net
web:    www.foodshare.net

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