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Building the Political Will to End Hunger in Washington

Advocate for Food Justice in Washington

Advocacy is an important tool for holding our elected officials accountable so that everyone in Washington has equitable access to nutritious food. It takes the voices of many to demand food justice. It takes all of us to protect our collective right to nutritious food.

Northwest Harvest believes that ending hunger means eradicating its root cause—poverty. To this end, we advocate for public policies that 1) promote access to nutritious food, 2) help those who struggle to meet their basic needs, and 3) support budgets that fund our basic safety net with sustainable revenue.

What You Can Do

Advocating can be as simple as writing a postcard or forwarding an email, or as involved as sharing your story in support or testifying before a legislative committee.

Share your story: We are currently accepting stories and experiences from people who receive SNAP benefits to help us better illustrate how crucial nutrition assistance is to our communities! You can submit your story using this online form.

Learn about the 2023 Farm Bill: Visit our webpage on the Farm Bill, explaining what it is, why it matters, our priorities, a bill tracker, and ideas for how YOU can advocate for a strong Farm Bill!

Right to Food Roundtable Sessions

The Right to Food Roundtable Sessions are group discussions aimed at developing policy ideas with people with lived experience with hunger. People with lived experience are important stakeholders in policy creation. For nearly ten years, Northwest Harvest has conducted focus group-style discussions across Washington. These discussions are one way that people can get involved with advocacy and shape policy priorities moving forward. 

In 2017, Northwest Harvest adopted the “Right to Food” as one of four of its primary strategies to cut hunger in half by 2028. The Right to Food is a legal framework that helps people have access to nutritious, good food.  

The purpose of this project is:  

  • To create a collaborative and positive space for changemaking

  • To increase participation in advocacy with people with lived experience

  • To describe policy ideas informed by people experiencing hunger

  • To test the Right to Food as a framework to hold the government accountable 

Share this opportunity!

This opportunity is open to all individuals who are currently experiencing hunger or food insecurity. If selected to join, participants will be provided a $120 Visa gift card for their time and effort. A stipend for childcare may be available.

Contact us at or 206-923-7424 with any questions.

To sign up, please fill out the form below:

Advocacy Resources

Eliminating hunger means addressing its root causes. Browse timely reports and factsheets to learn more about hunger and poverty and how to make a difference.


Our Advocacy Resources