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From the Desk of the Executive DirectorHi [fname],
Throughout the summer, TASK has played a proactive role in dealing with the growing need in the Mercer County area. Not only has TASK continued to offer programs and services to the Hightstown and Princeton communities, but we have also collaborated with more local organizations to achieve goals, solve problems, and communicate changes that will affect our missions in the future.
Starting November 1st, if approved by lawmakers, we believe NJ hunger related organizations will expect to see an increase of services as a temporary boost in the NJ SNAP (Food Stamp) Program will expire. The change will result in a $29 cut of food assistance for many families throughout our state. See article below for details. We hope that you will reach out and contact your local congressman for the continuation, without cuts, of this very important nutrition program.
Lastly, thanks to a wonderful collaboration with Battle Against Hunger, TASK will participate in their 11th Annual Bike Tour where approximately 50 riders travel 200 miles to raise awareness and funds for local hunger organizations. Options for a 100 mile, 100k (approx. 62 miles) or 30 mile ride are also available. To become a rider, a member of the support team, or for other ways to get involved, see the article below. We hope to see you there!
Dennis C. Micai
Food Stamp Discussions Require Attention
Bad news is on the horizon for nearly 1 million New Jerseyans who participate in the federal food assistance program known as SNAP (formerly called food stamps). The low-income families and individuals, about half of which are children, will see a cut in benefits November 1, 2013, when a temporary boost to the program expires. The result is that for a family of three SNAP benefits will drop by $29 a month—a serious loss for struggling families whose benefits, after this cut, will average less than $1.40 per meal.
SNAP is important because it helps people when they need help. During this recession, more than 47 million Americans are relying on the program for the most basic necessity: food. Nearly 72% of SNAP participants are in families with children, more than one-quarter are in households with senior citizens or people with disabilities and many are working in low-paying jobs.
The upcoming benefit reduction would pale in comparison to the very real threat to the SNAP program coming from the U. S. House of Representatives, which is proposing to essentially dismantle federal food assistance with a $40 billion cut.
The Health Impact Project recently conducted a comprehensive, nonpartisan, scientific analysis of the potential health effects of the proposed changes. They found:
The Battle Against Hunger Rides Again!
In 2003, the first Battle Against Hunger Bike Tour left Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church in Pennington, NJ on a 200 mile bike ride to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania with a handful of riders. Now, in its 11th year, and with more than 40 riders, the once small group of bicyclists have collectively raised over half a million dollars for TASK and other local hunger relief organizations.
This year, the Battle Against Hunger Bike Tour is offering various types of rides for bikers of levels. Ride options include a 200 Mile, a 100K (62 Miles), and a 30 mile ride. Can’t ride? There are also opportunities to be a part the Bike Tours Support and Gear Crew.
If you would like to support this year’s ride by donating, sponsoring riders, or registering for the ride, please visit http://www.battleagainsthunger.org/bike_ride.php.
Have a Safe Ride Everyone!.