For Such a Time, a call to Pray, Fast, Act with Episcopal Public Policy Network

Are you ready For Such A Time? Prepare for next Wednesday, June 21st, when we continue with our monthly call to pray, fast, and act.

This month's action focuses on advocating for protect vital nutritional assistance, housing, and community-strengthening federal programs funded through the appropriations process. Without U.S. Government's targeted assistance programs, millions of Americans will be unable to feed their children, find employment, or locate adequate housing.

Following our Episcopal call to protect, support, and uplift those who struggle to afford food, healthcare, and housing, will you join us in this important advocacy effort?

PRAY for the reduction of poverty and provision of human assistance programs.

Almighty and most merciful God, we remember before you all poor and neglected persons whom it would be easy for us to forget: the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick, and all who have none to care for them. Help us to heal those who are broken in body or spirit, and to turn their sorrow into joy. Grant this, Father, for the love of your Son, who for our sake became poor, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Prayer For the Poor and the Neglected, The Book of Common Prayer)

FAST to call attention in our communities to the plight of the poor.

Share on social media using #PrayFastAct and @TheEPPN. On the 21st, post a picture of a dinner place setting with the reason you are fasting this month.

Educate yourself by reading Appropriations for Domestic Human Needs from the Office of Government Relations.

ACT to demand action for critical domestic human needs funding.

Contact your members of Congress to express your support for these programs:

  • WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children)-WIC helps low-income mothers and their children access nutritional benefits
  • Federal Unemployment Benefits and Allowances-these funds support low-income people struggling to find permanent employment.
  • Low-Income Housing Assistance and Homelessness Prevention-these programs assist homeless and low-income people to find viable housing.
  • The Second Chance Act-this law affords grants to non-profit organizations, state and local government agencies, and registered Indian tribes to provide educational, mental health, substance abuse, and job-training programs to individuals transitioning out of the prison system.

Call your members of Congress to advocate for continued funding for these programs in the federal budget!