This document contains all of the information you'll need to talk to everyone from policy makers and reporters to your neighbors and friends.
Advocates have been on pins and needles waiting for a key U.S. House committee to release its plan for reauthorizing the federal Child Nutrition Act. It finally surfaced yesterday, and though there’s no official word on a cost estimate, it’s expected to invest $8 billion over 10 years – almost twice as much as the $4.5 billion a Senate committee proposed in March.
Many critical support systems for kids in our state faced potentially devastating cuts when the 2010 legislative session started. We knew that protecting vital services for children and families was not going to be easy.
But we’ve never been ones to shy away from a challenge.
Day in and day out, we worked to make sure that lawmakers did right by kids. In the end, the Children’s Alliance played a pivotal role in the successful push for:
Read our 2010 Legislative Session Review for an in-depth look at all we accomplished for kids, setbacks we fought hard to prevent, and the next steps we’re taking to keep children and families at the top of our lawmakers’ priority lists.
– Liz Gillespie
In good times and bad, we advocate for laws and policies that support our state’s most vulnerable children – especially those in low-income families and communities of color. Our key challenge during the 2010 legislative session was to protect vital services for children and families from budget cuts that could have erased decades of progress. We achieved remarkable success on many levels this year, preserving critical support systems for families weathering the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.
Read our 2010 Legislative Session Review for an in-depth look at our victories for kids across Washington state and the challenges that lie ahead.
One April 13th 2010 the Washington Child Nutrition Coalition came together to release a message to congress urging Congress to make a greater investment in the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act.
For more information contact Linda Stone by phone (509) 844-1314 or
In April 2010 the United States Senate unanimously passed the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act completing one of the first steps in a long process of improving our national child nutrition programs. The Washington Child Nutrition Reauthorization Coalition prepared a response to the new legislation, both applauding the bipartisan support for the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act and identifying key areas for improvement.
Lawmakers in Olympia are considering establishing a Washington Food Policy Forum, currently sponsored by Sen. Ken Jacobson, Senate Bill 6343. Linda Stone, senior food policy coordinator of the Children's Alliance, and Jim Baird, a farmer in the Royal City area, discuss why the Forum would address food costs, access to healthy food and finding ways to support local farms. They write: