Food Pantry Advocacy Toolkit (2018)

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Philabundance created this resource to help food pantries and other organizations working in emergency food and the safety net to become effective anti-hunger advocates. 

In the current environment, it is important for all those who care about safety net services - such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - to raise their voice in the public debate.

Creating a culture of advocacy with organizations and the emergency food system is a journey. With this toolkit, pantries and others can take steps to develop and nurture that culture among staff, board members, volunteers, consumers and others.

Some advocacy strategies highlighted include:

  • Collecting consumer stories
  • Supporting voter registration
  • Educating the public on hunger and food insecurity
  • Engaging clients in advocacy efforts
  • Attending town hall meetings
  • Contacting or meeting with elected officials

The toolkit discusses what kinds of advocacy related activities a 501(c)(3) nonprofit can engage in. Tools are also provided to help organizations craft an advocacy plan. 

This document is intended to be shared widely. The full toolkit can be downloaded below. 

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