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Blog: Fighting Poverty with Faith

Sep 23, 2011 | By Jean Sammon

NETWORK is a partner in Fighting Poverty with Faith, is an interfaith effort to call attention to a critical issue that is often neglected: poverty in our country. Since we have just seen the Census data on the dramatic increase in the number of people living in poverty, now is the time to build some political will to do something about it.

The Fighting Poverty with Faith coalition is calling for local actions across the country during the week of October 27 – November 6, to raise awareness about poverty. (The FPWF coalition partners will be doing events in Washington and around the country that week, but if you can’t organize something for that week, you can still participate in the preceding or following weeks.)

We are encouraging people to participate in the Food Stamp Challenge or a Hunger Banquet. You can find detailed information about how to do either of these here: http://fightingpovertywithfaith.com/f2/actiontoolkits/

Both of these activities can help illustrate the gap between the “haves” and the “have-nots” in engaging ways. You can also plan other events that may involve prayer, education, or engagement with public officials.

To show Congress, the media, and people in our country how many people are concerned about poverty, we need you to post a notice about your event – no matter how big or small – on the FPWF website:  http://fightingpovertywithfaith.com/f2/thanks/.

You can also sign up individually for the Food Stamp Challenge here: http://engage.jewishpublicaffairs.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=7261

NETWORK staff will be participating in the Food Stamp Challenge. We invite you to joins us, keep a journal about your experience, and send us your thoughts and reflections.