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Town Hall Meetings

Town hall meetings with your members of Congress are excellent venues to ask them questions about creating a circle of protection around programs vital for hungry and poor people in the U.S. and abroad.

This could happen any time your member of Congress is back at home or when Congress is in recess.

Tips for effectively making your voice heard at town meetings:

  • Get there early. Sometimes members of Congress try and pack their town meetings with supporters and prevent those who have differing views from getting in. If you’re worried this may be the case, plan to be there at least an hour early.
  • Sit by the microphone. If a microphone is set up, plant yourself near it so you don’t end up on the back of the question line. If other people start lining up to ask questions before they are invited to, you should as well.
  • If you come with friends, don’t all sit together in a clump. There is strength in numbers, even perceived numbers.
  • Come with questions written down on index cards. Some members will try to control the questions by taking them in writing. If you have yours all ready to go when you get there, you have a far better chance of getting it read.

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Additional Town Hall Resources

Take Action

  • Write to your members of Congress. Tell him or her to ensure a place at the table for all people by protecting and strengthening the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) and international food aid in the farm bill.
  • Contact your regional organizer. Get involved with Bread for the World in your community.

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