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Issues affecting hungry families across the state and the nation.

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Join us in thanking Gov. Inslee for protecting hungry families!

Washington will join eight other states that have taken decisive action to prevent cuts to food assistance for families that also receive heating and utilities assistance. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) is still threatened for deep cuts by the House budget.

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New Food Bank Funding; Mixed Results for Hungry People

The 2014 legislative session ended on March 13 with significant new funding for the Emergency Food Assistance Program for food banks across Washington. In addition to $800,000 for food banks, the state budget added $200,000 for the Farmers Market Nutrition Programs for WIC and Seniors. Unfortunately, the campaigns to restore equity in State Food Assistance benefits and to establish a Breakfast After the Bell mandate weren’t successful this year. 

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Legislative Session and Budget

There is very positive news for food banks in both state budgets and we are grateful—but these budget proposals still fall far short of what people struggling to put food on the table need right now.

We are very grateful to the House and Senate for providing significant funds for EFAP for food bank operations. The Senate budget includes $800,000; the House budget includes the full $1 million that we’ve advocated for on behalf of our food bank partners across the state. Yet families in need may well find themselves worse off as food programs that benefit them directly take cut after cut.

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Help Protect SNAP with Your Stories

Lead Farm Bill negotiators failed to meet their Thanksgiving deadline to achieve a deal, but negotiations will continue. Deep cuts to food stamps are still part of the discussion.

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The End of the Government Shutdown and the Beginning of Farm Bill Negotiations

The federal government shutdown has ended, averting the loss of WIC, food stamps and other assistance for hungry families. Now that the government is re-open for business, Farm Bill negotiations will begin in earnest towards the end of October and will discuss deep cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

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Help End the Government Shutdown

The shutdown of the federal government continues into a second week, but if Congress fails to end this impasse soon, America is at risk of another financial crisis.

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House Passed Shameful Cuts to Food Assistance

Last week, by a small margin of 7 votes, the House of Representatives passed a bill to cut food stamps by $40 billion. This is an egregious cut that threatens to eliminate all food assistance for 4 to 6 million households nationwide.

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Still Hungry and Hurting in Washington

The US Department of Agriculture released the latest numbers on food security in American on Wednesday. The ranks of hungry Washington residents continue to be higher than the national average.

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Advocacy Doesn't Take a Recess

A proposal to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly “food stamps”) by $40 billion may be presented for a vote in early September.

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Preserve Our Safety Net!

Preserve Our Safety Net!

Did you know that the all cuts approach to balancing our state budget these last four years has ranked Washington the third worst state in our nation in supporting the basic needs of low-income families and children?

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