Tampa Friends Meeting, while small, can be mighty when taking action, especially when we join with other individuals and organizations, Quaker and non-Quaker, for action involving our community, the region, our nation and the world.
According to an article in the Tampa Bay Times dated 24 August 2021, “Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administraton has not yet applied for up to $820 million in food assistance to more than 2 million Florida children...”
Because our Quaker faith tells us there is that of God in everyone, including children, we are called to aid the poor and helpless and to care for the vulnerable.
Tampa Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, recognizing the severe problem of childhood hunger in Florida and society’s moral duty to confront this, calls on our elected officials to apply for all Federal food assistance benefits to fully fund, among other programs, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. i. e. SNAP (formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) and the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program.
Tampa Monthly Meeting encourages a letter writing campaign to Governor DeSantis. Email the Governor at GovernorRon dot Desantis at eog dot myflorida dot com and/or a phone call to the Governor’s office at 850-717-9337.
For additional assistance, please call the State Assistance Information Line at 800-342-3557.