#ForSuchATime: Safety Net Programs

Urge Congress to protect vital nutritional assistance, housing and community-strengthening federal programs!


Together with presiding bishops of the ELCA and the Episcopal church, we PRAY, FAST and ACT in support of federal programs that are vital to hungry people struggling with poverty.

As Lutherans, we are called to protect, support and uplift those who lack access to basic human needs – a roof over their heads, food and decent employment. As a church we can make part of the difference in the lives of our poorest brothers and sisters, but without government assistance programs, millions of Americans would be unable to feed their children, find employment or locate adequate housing. Some of these important programs include:

  • 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, community development 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 American Indian tribes to provide educational, mental health, substance abuse and job-training programs for individuals transitioning out of the prison system.

Read more about appropriations for domestic human needs.


  • Your Senators
  • Your Representative


Dear [Decision Maker],

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