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Hunger Action Day 2012Northwest Harvest is a direct service agency whose mission is to fight to eliminate hunger, but we are well aware that fighting hunger requires more than feeding the hungry. We know that eliminating hunger requires addressing its root causes.

Advocacy on behalf of low-income people has always been part of Northwest Harvest’s work, and in 2009 we hired our first public policy manager to boost advocacy efforts. We are also an active, long-standing member of the Washington Food Coalition, the Anti-Hunger & Nutrition Coalition and the Western Regional Anti-Hunger Coalition, among other advocacy groups.

Northwest Harvest engages in advocacy to promote investment in the public structures that aid in our fight to eliminate hunger by promoting both access to nutritious food and basic economic security for low-income families. Our leadership provides input to state and national legislators on hunger issues. We work to raise public consciousness about the extent of hunger in Washington through our quarterly newsletter, our broad volunteer work, speaking engagements and our frequent food drives and other events.

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What You Can Do

Become a champion for those struggling with hunger. Advocating can be as simple as writing a postcard or forwarding an email, yet change thousands of lives. Find out what you can do now. 


Background on the Issues

Below are a few of the legislative issues Northwest Harvest will be tracking and advocating for at the start of the January 2013 Session of the Washington State Legislature.


Public Policy Positions

Northwest Harvest staff and Board of Directors have adopted three public policy positions to guide our decisions and actions in pursuing our mission through advocacy.



Northwest Harvest firmly believes we all have a role to play in the fight against hunger. We cannot do it alone, so we team up with other organizations committed to ending hunger both in Washington and nationally to strengthen our voice and expand our effectiveness.


Advocacy Calendar

The citizen Legislature meets annually on the second Monday in January in the ornate Capitol building in Olympia. In odd-numbered years--the budget year--the Legislature meets for 105 days, and in even-numbered years for 60 days. If necessary, the Governor can call legislators in for a special session for a 30-day period. Legislators can call themselves into special session with a two-thirds vote of the two bodies.


Advocacy Toolkit

As a direct service agency, we are well aware that ending hunger requires more than feeding
the hungry. We know that eliminating hunger requires addressing its root causes. Northwest Harvest developed this advocacy tool kit to help our hunger relief programs overcome the barriers, increase their capacities to become effective systemic advocates, and strengthen our advocacy efforts by bringing the voices of clients to the policy table.