End Hunger CT-Legislative Action Alert-

End Hunger CT!

Legislative Action Alert
January 2017
The 2017 Legislative Session is underway!  
With all the pomp and circumstance that starts off the legislative session, the members of the Connecticut General Assembly began their work on Wednesday, January 4th. This year is a "long session" when the budget work for the next two years is crafted. The last bell will ring on midnight on June 7th.
It's going to be busy! To help you understand what's going to happen at the Capitol we've posted some information for you on the Legislative Action Center page on our website :

Bookmark this page on your computer and/or copy the link and add to your smart phone's home screen! Check back often for helpful hints, information on bills and other tidbits.
To help get you started this year, we've written a Guide to the Connecticut General Assembly Website to help you find the information you need to be active, to follow bills of interest, and to find your legislators. Take a look here:

Guide to the CT General Assembly Website 

State agency budget proposals were sent to the Governor in the Fall of 2016 as a starting point for his budget, which is due out next month (February). Please check out those budget proposals here.

Additionally, here is a list of the "concept" bills that have been proposed by legislators. These bills are short mostly a title and a sentence as to their concept. It is up to the appropriate committees to decide whether to flush them out more, hold hearings, and go forward. If there is a bill you are interested in you must contact your legislator to let them know it.  

Don't know who your legislator is? Check out the CGA Guide to find out.
Contacting your legislator is easy! Calling is best, an email is good, but let him or her know that you are a constituent, and don't forget twitter or Facebook. Let them know you like the bill, want it to go forward and you're paying attention. You may get asked why do you want it to move forward and your answer is the best one for you. Don't be intimidated! Chances are you may just leave a message too!

Lobby Day with EHC! & CABHN February 16th

SAVE the date:  
CAHBN & EHC! Lobby Day
Wednesday, February 16th.  8:30 - 11 am

 EHC! and CABHN will co-host a Lobby Day on Feb.16 from 8:30am-11:00am!  Representative Matt Ritter (Deputy Speaker) will speak during that time. We will be handing out town by town analysis of program participation to legislators.  Don't miss this opportunity to come talk to your representatives!  Please join us there!  More info soon!
Federal Action Needed
The Food Research Action Center (FRAC) recently shared that the National Anti-Hunger Organizations (NAHO) have penned a letter reaffirming a 
commitment to a strong and effective national nutrition safety net for vulnerable, low-income individuals and families and calling on Congress and the President to safeguard and support these critically-important programs. 
Join EHC! and add your organization to the 1,000 + signers. Deadline is Mar. 1st.    

Limited Tickets Available for Love Is A Full Plate!
Love is...A Passion for Unity and the Foods that Bring Us Together!
Breaking bread and sharing a libation brings people together and this year's dinner is all about unity. For the 4th year in a row, the University of New Haven Hospitality and Tourism Management Department is hosting a benefit for EHC! as the students capstone project. EHC! is honored to be a part of this event as both recipient and collaborator with the students and faculty. EHC! can't do our advocacy work without the help of fundraisers like this!

Join us for cocktails and dinner and meet cookbook author Tracey Medeiros, whose latest book is "The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook".Relax and eat the foods we've all loved since childhood, and learn a bit of their history too! You'll have a great night and receive an autographed copy of Tracey's book with the many delicious recipes originating from our Connecticut farmers, many of whom you will recognize.

There will be lots of auction items too! It's a night to remember, and our previous guest come back every year!

 Tickets are available through the UNH Hospitality and Tourism Department.

Cocktail Hour and Book signing $75/$50 for students, Dinner $100, or get both for $150. Auction items will be posted soon!

Don't miss your chance to join and support EHC! and these students!

Purchase Tickets here!

Grants available for schools!

The New England Dairy & Food Council and the dairy farmers of New
England are excited to offer Mini-Grants to help support your school's healthy eating initiatives!

The Spring 2017 Mini-Grants will be awarded to schools who submit a winning proposal for up to $1000 to implement either the Fuel Up to Play 60, Farm To School, or Fuel Up Your Community Play. The grant submission deadline is February 15, 2017!

Click here  for more information and to begin your application. 
Thank you for staying in touch!


Lucy Nolan  
End Hunger Connecticut!

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