Advocacy

ADVOCACY PROGRAMS

Preble Street is committed to motivating both the public and private will to end hunger, homelessness, and poverty in the lives of our neighbors and to building strong, healthy, just communities.

Recognizing that healthy communities depend on respect, dignity, and opportunity for all, we believe that bringing an end to the tragedy of long lines at shelters and soup kitchens, of hungry children, and human trafficking cannot happen unless we listen to the voices of those who are directly impacted by those problems, and invite them to participate in the process of creating and implementing solutions.

Preble Street advocacy efforts were founded on the principle that empowering people to speak for themselves gives volume to their voices and ensures that their needs and wisdom — as they feel, as they express — are heard.

Preble Street advocacy efforts work toward solutions to the social, economic, and political systems that do not respond adequately to the needs of those in our community. Our advocacy work includes community organizing, policy advocacy, and systems advocacy.

Homeless Voices for Justice

Homeless Voices for Justice is a state-wide, grassroots, social change movement, organized and led by people with lived experience of homelessness.

Maine Hunger Initiative

The Maine Hunger Initiative is a collaborative effort to meet immediate food needs while creating long-term solutions to hunger.

CURRENT ACTION: Say YES to Build Back Better!

The Senate is set to vote on The Build Back Better package, which includes crucial investments in families, child nutrition, healthcare and affordable housing. Tell Susan Collins to support this critical legislation! Build Back Better will: save most American families more than half of their spending on childcare deliver two years of free preschool for

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CURRENT ACTION: Take action for Mainers experiencing hunger!

With hunger on the rise and food prices increasing, we need to ACT NOW to ensure that all Mainers have enough to eat. Tell Representatives Jared Golden and Chellie Pingree to cosponsor the Improving Access to Nutrition Act of 2021 and the White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, Hunger, and Health Act of 2021. SNAP,

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CURRENT ACTION: Tell Congress to Prioritize Ending Child Hunger!

As Congress nears an agreement on the Build Back Better Act, we are running out of time to ensure that critical funds for child nutrition are included in the final package. With 13 million children in the U.S. experiencing hunger — including 1 in 5 Maine children — we must convince legislators to make critical investments that close the

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