Issues affecting hungry families across the state and the nation.
As the end of the school year approaches, Congress will start work on several pieces of legislation that address childhood hunger and nutrition.more
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.more
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.more
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.
We have been hearing about and planning for the new Farm Bill for many years now and the door has officially closed on negotiations.more
Last week was the first of the legislative session and hunger was a big topic - the voices of constituents and our advocacy efforts have made an impact already.more
There won’t be a Farm Bill until January, but negotiations have progressed, including a tentative agreement to cut food assistance by more than $8 billion.more
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.more
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).more
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.more
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.more
On Wednesday, the House may vote on the Nutrition Reform and Opportunity Act, a piece of legislation that will cut food assistance by $40 billion.more
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.more
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.more
A Senate vote on a Farm Bill that cuts $4.1 billion in food assistance benefits for hungry families is expected in the next few days.more
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Legislators have another 30 days to come to an agreement on the budget and hopefully invest funding in our state’s nutrition programs.more
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?more