Join Got Green for door-knocking SAT OCT 7TH!

Signing of the Sugary Beverage Tax in June

We are excited to share another opportunity to continuing supporting Got Green’s campaign to Close the Food Security Gap!

Close the Food Security Gap Door-Knocking Day!

SAT OCT 7 10AM – 2PM

Meet at the community Room at Claremont Apartments (3333 Rainier Ave S.) for training and an overview of the day. Door-knocking will take place in South Seattle neighborhoods.

Come out to support Got Green in doing community education about how the Sugary Beverage Tax (SBT) will reinvest in communities! After a training on the script for the day, we will break into groups and head out to neighborhoods in South Seattle to talk to community members about the SBT, Fresh Bucks, and how Got Green is working to close the food security gap. This is an important step in making sure communities are aware of the benefits of the tax.

Please RSVP by WED SEPT 6 to Simone.

Background:

On June 5, the Seattle Sugary Beverage Tax (SBT) was passed by the Seattle City Council. Got Green led a campaign to ensure that the revenue from the tax will go back into low income households and communities of color, securing the reinvestment of at least 50 percent of the tax revenue toward programs aimed at closing the food security gap and enabling access to affordable, healthy food; creating an oversight Advisory Board with community representation; and growing the Fresh Bucks program . Read more here!

CAGJ is a member of Got Green’s coalition to close the food security gap, and Got Green is a Food Justice Project solidarity campaign partner. We are continuing the effort to do community outreach and education about the SBT.

 

What is the Sugary Beverage Tax? An additional distribution tax on sugar sweetened beverages sold in Seattle. See this flier for more information!

What is the Food Security Gap? The Food Security Gap is the gap that thousands of households in King County fall into – those who cannot afford the cost of fresh and healthy food, but do not qualify for benefits like EBT, SNAP, or Fresh Bucks because they are on the outside fringes of the federal poverty level. Closing the Food Security Gap means providing access to healthy foods for these vulnerable families.

Why is this outreach important? Seattle City Council passed the SBT in June, but citizen and consumer support is still essential. Big Soda didn’t get enough signatures to get a counter-measure on the ballot, but they may still wage their top-down PR campaign to spread messaging against the tax so that they can keep more profit and continue pushing unhealthy beverages in our communities.That is why we are reaching out to people to show that this tax is a step in the right direction for Seattle, demonstrating a commitment to reinvest money into low-income and people-of-color communities through promoting and increasing access to healthy foods.

 

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