Now that you’ve signed up, these are the steps you should take next.
Step 1: Create a Facebook event page for your house meeting.
If you’ve never created a Facebook event before, don’t worry—it’s really easy! When you create your event, remember that your party should happen on either Saturday, Oct 19, or Sunday, Oct 20. Your party should take place anytime between 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., and should last about 75 minutes. Here are the simple steps for setting up your Facebook event page for the house party:
- From your News Feed, click Events in the left menu.
- Click + Create Event on the left side.
- Click Create Public Event OR Private Event. Once you’ve created a public event, you won’t be able to change it to private later. The same goes for creating a Private Event—it can’t be changed to a Public Event at a later time. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE CAN ONLY HELP RECRUIT ATTENDEES FOR PUBLIC EVENTS.
- Fill in the event name, location, date, time and description. You can write your own personalized description, or copy and paste the one below:
“Recently, the President announced plans to cut funding to SNAP (a.k.a. food stamps)—which would take away free school lunch from HALF A MILLION kids. Come be part of an important conversation about why we need to protect SNAP (a.k.a food stamps), and how we can get our elected leaders to speak out on this issue, too.
During this event, we’ll share stories and talk about how SNAP helps our city’s families, children, schools, and economies thrive. We’ll also make a plan to visit elected officials’ offices and urge them to sign on to protect SNAP.
Together, we can #SaveSchoolLunch and feed hungry kids in our own community.”
- Type and select keywords about your public event so it can be better recommended to people who are interested in that topic (example: Food festival).
- Choose who can edit and post in your event and then click Create. You’ll be taken to your event where you can invite guests, upload photos, add a cover photo or video, share posts and edit event details.
Step 2: Email your Facebook event link to [email protected].
This will help us keep track of all the awesome events happening across the country, and better assist you if you reach out for host support.
Step 3: Check out the host guide.
To help you get started, we’ve created a detailed Host Guide. This guide contains all the information you’ll need to host a successful event, so please read it thoroughly and carefully.
Step 4: Join a host prep call.
In addition to giving hosts a detailed Host Guide, we’ve also arranged two times when hosts can dial into a conference call to talk about your house meetings. On these calls we’ll walk through the plan for these house meetings, clarify the steps, offer support, and answer questions. You can join a Host Prep Call during either of the following times:
TUESDAY, October 15 at 9pm ET/8pm CT/7pm MT/6pm PT
RSVP for the TUESDAY host prep call here.
THURSDAY, October 17 at 7pm ET/6pm CT/5pm MT/4pm PT
RSVP for the THURSDAY host prep call here.
Step 5: Invite people to your #SaveSchoolLunch house meeting!
Reach out to your friends, family, and co-workers and encourage them to join you. This is also a chance to contact a group you’ve never spoken to before, knock a neighbor’s door, or even hang up flyers in your town. It’s going to take all kinds of people coming together to protect SNAP and free school lunch—and we can make this happen at our parties.