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Economic Justice

Farm-to-School Programs

As the U.S. Bishops remind us, “A key measure of every agricultural program and legislative initiative is whether it helps the most vulnerable farmers, farmworkers, and their families and whether it contributes to a global food system that provides basic nutrition for all.” (USCCB, “Catholic Reflections on Food, Farmers, and Farmworkers”)

Rural family farmers have been struggling in recent years due to the industrialization of the food industry by major corporations.

Child Nutrition


Current State of Child Nutrition in the United States

Nearly one in four children in the United States is at risk of hunger.  Of the 46.2 million SNAP participants, nearly half are children and 75% are families with children.

A hungry child will have more trouble fighting off sickness, have problems focusing in school, and are less likely to graduate from high school.

Blog: Getting to the Root of Our Oil Dependence

Jun 17, 2010 | By Maureen Book, NETWORK Intern

The president spoke eloquently from the Oval Office on the need to reduce our dependency on foreign oil. Read more

Blog: My Meeting with Secretary Thomas Vilsack on Child Nutrition

Jun 17, 2010 | By Marge Clark, BVM

With five loaves and two fishes in our midst, Secretary Vilsack met with 21 faith leaders, ministers from the around the country and from D.C. faith-based advocacy groups. Read more

Prevent Wage Theft

NETWORK supports the Wage Theft Prevention Act (H.R. 3303) introduced by Rep. Miller (D-IL). Read more

Emergency Unemployment Compensation of ARRA

NETWORK believes that emergency unemployment coverage should be extended through the end of 2010. Read more

Unemployment Insurance

With an extremely volatile economy and massive job loss as a result of the recession, unemployment insurance (UI) has become vital to families across the country. Millions of workers have lost their jobs and turned to unemployment insurance to help take care of their families.

Poverty Rates

NETWORK strongly supports legislation designed to help people lift themselves out of poverty and live lives of dignity. This includes lobbying for “safety-net” programs such as nutrition assistance

Green Jobs

NETWORK strongly supports individual, corporate and government actions that help support (or renew) healthy ecosystems.  In this critical time of energy resource management and of severe unemployment and underemployment, NETWORK urges a greater emphasis on “green” jobs in energy production and construction.

Alternative energy sources such as geothermal, wind and solar are becoming more accessible. The U.S.-based production of equipment and supplies for green energy will create needed jobs while helping the environment.

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