2020 Feeding America Virtual Fly-In


See below for resources to use to participate in Feeding America’s 2020 Virtual Fly-In. FAQs for the event are available here.

If you have any questions, email policy@feedingamerica.org.

Virtual Fly-in Schedule — June 22-June 25, 2020

Monday, June 22, 2020

Feeding America Virtual Town Hall (4:00-5:00 PM ET / 3:00-4:00 PM CT): The Town Hall will include Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, Feeding America CEO, and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) sharing the importance of SNAP to the people we serve and how your voices are critical to the effort to include it in the next stimulus package.

Call-in information for the Town Hall is available here.

All Day: Calls and in-person meetings

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

All Day: Calls and in-person meetings

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

#ShortenTheLines Tweetstorm (3:00-4:00 PM ET / 2:00-3:00 PM CT): Join food banks across the country in uplifting the importance of increasing SNAP benefits to #ShortenTheLines.

#SNAPFeedsKids Twitterstorm (4:30-5:30 PM ET / 3:30-4:30 PM CT): Hosted by our partners at No Kid Hungry.

All Day: Calls and in-person meetings

Thursday, June 25, 2020

All Day: Calls and in-person meetings

Virtual Fly-In Meeting Resources

Get ready to meet with your members of Congress.

State-by-State SNAP Factsheets

Share with lawmakers how hunger will impact the communities where you live: Click here for resource

#ShortenTheLines Tweetstorm — June 24, 2020, 3:00-4:00 PM ET / 2:00-3:00 PM CT

On June 24, 2020, from 3:00-4:00 PM ET / 2:00-3:00 PM CT, join the Feeding America network for a #ShortenTheLines Tweetstorm to send our lawmakers a critical message: now, more than ever, the most efficient and effective way to ensure our neighbors in need have enough to eat is by increasing SNAP benefits by 15 percent.

Use the below four actions to participate. We also encourage you to take the below four actions before and after the digital event.

Also, join our partners at No Kid Hungry for their #SNAPFeedsKids Twitterstorm also on June 24, 2020, from 4:30-5:30 PM ET / 3:30-4:30 PM CT.

(1) Share #ShortenTheLines Tweetstorm social media copy and graphics

Use the below social media copy and graphics to spread the word that ensuring our communities have enough to eat and helping to support our economy is only possible through a strong charitable sector and deep government investment in our federal nutrition programs.

Hashtags to Use: #ShortenTheLines, #SNAPMatters, #COVID19

TIP: Tag your members of Congress in your social media content. This is a great opportunity to uplift your Virtual Fly-In meetings with Members of Congress, ask Members of Congress to take action on our policy priorities, and/or thank Members of Congress for prioritizing supporting food banks and investing in the nation’s federal nutrition programs.

Social Media Copy

General Social Media Graphic: Click image to download



Customizable State Food Insecurity Graphic: Use the templates (click on the below links to edit each graphic) to share food insecurity data from your community.

Click to Customize: Twitter

Click to Customize: Facebook

(2) Share food bank “Heroes” video

Download and circulate our food bank “Heroes” video to tell your supporters: while food banks are at the forefront of our nation’s COVID-19 hunger-relief response, they cannot do this work alone.

TIP: Pair the video with the above social media copy.

Food Bank “Heroes” Video

(3) Share photos that focus attention on the magnitude of food distribution lines

Use photos of lines at recent food distributions to further spotlight the tide of need that food banks alone cannot stem.

Below is guidance to consider when taking and circulating photos.

  1. Tell a story. Whether your photos feature individuals or winding lines of cars — similar to those heavily featured in the media — be sure that your photos are clear and depict the volume and diversity of people who need help right now.
  2. Get consent. Prior to taking photos where individuals will be easily identifiable, explain why the photo is being taken, share how the photo will be used, and ask for permission to take the photo and use it for the expressed purpose.

(4) Share stories from the people we serve that highlight the increase in need for food assistance

Re-share published op-eds and/or media features that shed light on how SNAP can help #ShortenTheLines.

In addition, during your next food distribution, document and later circulate the stories of individuals at the head of food distribution lines to spotlight the hunger and economic impacts of the pandemic and the need for our lawmakers to take action.

Read our COVID-19 Story Collection Mini Guide for guidance on capturing stories. (The guide is only available for Feeding America network members.)

Customizable Quote Graphic: Use the templates (click on the below links to edit each graphic) to share collected stories online.

Click to Customize: Twitter

Click to Customize: Facebook

Additional Resources

Use the below resources to help create social media content to share during the #ShortenTheLines Tweetstorm.


State-by-State Resources