Recent Agency News
Help Us Generate Phone Calls...
If you have a minute or two, call Congressman Fortenberry, Senator Fischer or Senator Sasse. (see instructions below...)
As you may have heard, the House and Senate are both working on passing budget resolutions that would balance the budget in 10 years. While the budget resolutions alone are non-binding, we are concerned that Congress will use the process to pass actual legislation that would make deep cuts or harmful structural changes - including block granting - to hunger-relief programs, particularly SNAP. For background and updates on the budget process, click here and follow this page.
We believe it is important to send a strong message in support of these key programs up front and are coordinating a call-in day with our anti-hunger partners on Tuesday, March 24. We need your help to make it a success.
We want to generate as many calls as possible from food bank staff, agencies, and your local networks to show there is strong constituent support for these programs.
On March 24 we will send an action alert to start the call-in day. You can use the sample action alert below to mobilize your own local networks. For more information on the budget process, including the latest details and timeline, please click here and follow this page.
Sample Action Alert
This week, the House and Senate are expected to vote on budget resolutions that would attempt to balance the budget in 10 years. While these resolutions are non-binding, we are concerned that they will be used to draft legislation that would balance the budget on the backs on low-income Americans by cutting the hunger-relief programs that advance our mission.
We believe it is necessary to send a strong message early in this process and let them know that cutting programs that our clients rely on is the wrong way to balance the budget. Help us generate phone calls to the House and Senate with a clear message - protect the programs that help us fight hunger!
Call Congress Today!
Calling Congress is easy. Here's how:
1. Just dial our toll free number, (888) 398-8702, listen to the pre-recorded message and enter your zip code when prompted.
2. Once you are connected to your first Member of Congress, state that you are a constituent, and give your name and the town you are calling from.
3. Let them know you are calling about the budget and deliver this important message:
As your constituent and supporter/employee of [YOUR FOOD BANK NAME], I am calling you today to ask you to vote against any efforts to cut or block-grant hunger-relief programs like SNAP when you consider the budget resolution. SNAP benefits have already been cut twice in the last two years. Our clients rely on these programs, and our food bank will be unable to meet the need in our community if these programs are cut. Please find a more responsible way to balance the budget.
Be sure to dial back in and speak with both of your senators and your representative.
Recall: Organic Garlic Powder
Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets Inc., a specialty retailer of organic and natural products, is expanding their recall of Natural Grocers brand Organic Garlic Powder to all lots as the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
The recalled product is packaged in clear plastic bags with Natural Grocers label notating Julian pack on dates and pricing per pound. The product was produced in size ranges of 0.25 pound to 0.30 pound.
The product was distributed to Natural Grocers' 95 stores located in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Consumers can find the specific locations of Natural Grocers stores at: http://www.naturalgrocers.com/store-locations.
Consumers with questions may contact the company by calling:
303-986-4600, ext. 531
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., MST.
Recall: Cumin spice
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hundreds of products are being pulled from store shelves after traces of peanut were found in cumin spice -- a life-threatening danger to people with peanut allergies.
The recall has been ongoing since December, as more retailers identify products that contain the cumin.
The Food and Drug Administration is now warning all people with peanut allergies to avoid cumin and products that contain cumin.
While such large allergy-related recalls are rare, undeclared allergens like peanuts are the leading cause of food recalls in the United States.
According to the group Food Allergy Research and Education, or FARE, 15 million Americans have food allergies, including 1 in 13 children.
Eight foods account for more than 90 percent of the allergies -- peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish.
Recall: Sara Lee and Jewel Bagels
Bimbo Bakeries USA is voluntarily recalling Thomas', Sara Lee and Jewel Bagels because they may contain undeclared peanuts and almonds.
The recalled product contains the bakery code number 30088 printed on the plastic tab closure to the left of the best by date.
RECALLED PRODUCT in NE:
• Sara Lee Blueberry Bagels 6-pack 20oz.
• Sara Lee Cinnamon Raisin Bagels 6-pack 20oz.
• Sara Lee Plain Bagels 6-pack 20oz.
Recall: Amana Dinner Rolls
The Jefferson Street Bakery of Burlington, IA, is recalling all "Amana Dinner Rolls" produced with lot number "834J364" because they may contain undeclared milk.
Bulk product is received in a cardboard case containing 10 individual units and is marked with lot number "834J364" on the case label. Individual units are packaged in 1 LB. 2 OZ. (510g) bread bags marked with lot number "834J364" on the bread clip.
The recalled products were distributed to retail stores in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota, and South Dakota.
Consumers that may have purchased "Amana Dinner Rolls" marked with lot number "834J364" are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.