Advocacy

Advocacy at WSCAHWest Side Campaign Against Hunger recognizes that it takes more than direct service to end hunger in the long run. To that end, and with our mission statement in mind, we participate in political advocacy on local, state and federal levels. Whenever possible we include our customers and volunteers in advocacy campaigns, empowering them to make change in their communities.

The following principles are a reflection on and expansion of our mission statement. They will guide us in making decisions in our advocacy work and political partnerships. They were adopted by the WSCAH Board of Directors in May 2012.

  1. FOOD: WSCAH believes in access to healthy food for all people. We believe that the opposite of hunger is not fullness, but health.
  2. INCOME: WSCAH believes that the most dignified and empowering solution to hunger is income generation. With a living wage job or living benefit our customers will become self-sufficient and phase out of the emergency food system.
  3. HOUSING: WSCAH believes that adequate housing is a human necessity, and no person should be forced to choose between food and shelter.
  4. HEALTH CARE: WSCAH believes that health care is a human right, not a privilege. Prevention of illness is the primary goal both because it will prevent human suffering and be fiscally responsible in the long term.

If you are interested in getting involved in WSCAH’s advocacy efforts please contact the Food Policy Strategist at hlupien@wscah.org or 212-362-3662 x126.