Ways to Help

Are you passionate about ending hunger? Help us address the issues that directly impact food insecurity. Right now in 2020, we’re preparing for the upcoming U.S. Census count and getting the word out about Public Charge. Find out more and spread the word with us!

WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW IN ADVOCACY:

 

The 2020 Census counts the population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories.
The count is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency.
Census Day will be observed nationwide on April 1, 2020.

For the first time in American history, the 2020 Census will be conducted primarily by electronic means. Each household will receive an invitation in the mail with a password to open the questionnaire online. If necessary, the questionnaire can also be completed by phone or paper mail. Responses to the U.S. Census are strictly confidential and federally protected by law.

Census Bureau Statement on Coronavirus and the 2020 Census

“The U.S. Census Bureau is carefully monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and will follow the guidance of federal, state and local health authorities. The key message right now for anyone with questions about how COVID-19 will affect the 2020 Census: It has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail—all without having to meet a census taker.” – U.S. Census Bureau

 

  • Rumors are circulating that individuals must complete the Census to receive any potential Coronavirus economic stimulus money. The U.S. Census Bureau reminds all citizens this is not true. The Census is a standalone operation and completion of the Census is not tied to other governmental or private programs.

WHY THE CENSUS MATTERS:

  • The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, provide data that will impact communities, and inform hundreds of billions in federal funding to more than 100 programs for the next decade, including Medicaid, mental health resources, SNAP, and hunger relief organizations like Mid-Ohio Food Collective and other Feeding America partners.
  • The results determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. They are also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
  • The results will show where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

  • Inform. Share the facts about the 2020 Census with your network and customers – because everyone counts. Use this confidentiality fact sheet and learn how to address common misconceptions here.
  • Provide resources. Libraries across the country are partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau to provide access for citizens to complete the 2020 Census. This includes onsite computers at library branches and other services. To partner with your local library to help your customers complete the census, access contact information here.
  • Encourage jobseekers to apply for census positions. The U.S. Census Bureau is also looking for temporary, part-time Census Takers, with competitive wages ranging between $13-$24 per hour depending on county. Interested candidates, including work-authorized non-citizens, can apply here.
  • Spread the word. Take the pledge to complete the 2020 Census and join the conversation! Learn more by visiting the 2020 Census Pledge Page.

Become a FAN

Mid-Ohio Foodbank is working hard to engage public policy decision makers and constituents alike in the hunger conversation. The Foodbank Advocacy Network (FAN) is essential in helping us advance our mission to ensure that no one goes hungry. It is only by working together that we can impact public policy decisions and create positive change for those in our community who are hungry.

As a FAN stakeholder, we will inform you about issues and actions that deserve our urgent attention. Please accept our invitation to write a letter, send an email, make a phone call, attend an event, tweet a comment, or lend your Facebook status to influence legislation that aims to alleviate hunger.

To sign up for FAN to receive our advocacy alerts and calls-to-action, or for questions or more information on our advocacy efforts, please email advocacy@midohiofoodbank.org.

STATE OFFICIALS OF OHIO

Important policy decisions are being made by our elected of officials which impact Ohio’s most vulnerable populations. We have the opportunity to take action by contacting them and voicing our concerns.


Governor John Kasich

Governor’s Office
Riffe Center, 30th Floor
77 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-6108

Phone: 614.466.3555
Fax: 614.466.9354
Email Governor Kasich