Our advocacy helps bend public policy toward justice. Our relationship with clients gives us the responsibility to influence policies as we are able. Justice requires that we speak up for poor and disenfranchised people, our hungry and homeless neighbors, and all those ill-served by government policies. We advocate on the issues of hunger and poverty in order to win more just public policies at all levels of government. We aim to strengthen the public safety net for our hungry neighbors and provide long-term opportunities for people in need to become economically self-sufficient.
We advocate for:
- Legislation that takes seriously the concerns of poor people. Federal, state, and local legislation provides the framework for our economic, political, and social systems. Each piece of legislation--from budgets to criminal laws--presents an opportunity to nudge society toward justice. Just Harvest advocates at every level of government, but focuses our work on local impact. To find out more about these efforts and how you can get involved, contact Rochelle Jackson and visit our Take Action page.
- Improved program administration from the government agencies and institutions that oversee public safety net services such as food stamps, welfare, and child nutrition programs. Large improvements in social services are possible within existing legislation: through improvements in staff training, program efficiency, outreach, and accessibility. Contact Rochelle Jackson to get involved with this effort.
- Fair treatment of clients as they navigate safety-net bureaucracies. Whether it is a food stamp participant who has been denied benefits unfairly, or a mother on welfare seeking work exemption because of illness, we are here to help clients get what they need. If you, or someone you know needs help, contact Rochelle Jackson, and visit our Getting Help page.