End Childhood Hunger


Posted on: Monday, July 19, 2010 - 9:06am

Right now Congress has the once-every-five-year opportunity to improve the quality of school, child-care and summer meals and make them available to more children.

The Seattle Times ran an oped by Linda Stone, senior food policy coordinator at the Children's Alliance, calling on Congress to listen to the call that President Obama and anti-hunger experts have made to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act with an increase of $1 billion per year over 10 years.

We're in the news: Fewer Summer Meals Available for Children

Posted on: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 11:02am

KUOW reports on new findings from the Food Research and Action Center showing there are fewer summer meal programs available for low-income children while the need is rising. In Washington state there are 700 schools, parks and community centers that serve sack lunches — that's 23 fewer than last summer.

MEDIA RELEASE: Fewer summer meal sites will serve WA kids this summer

Posted on: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - 8:19am

(June 29, 2010) — About 700 schools, parks, community centers, apartment complexes, trailer parks and other sites will be providing summer meals to hungry children across Washington this summer, down from 723 last summer.

Child Nutrition Reauthorization Talking Points

Created on: Monday, June 21, 2010 - 9:32am

This document contains all of the information you'll need to talk to everyone from policy makers and reporters to your neighbors and friends.

Click here to download a PDF of the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Talking Points.

House child nutrition bill: closer to what kids need


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.

Tough times, tougher advocacy for kids

2010 Session Review Cover
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:

  • Nearly $800 million in new state revenue.
  • Full protection of Apple Health for Kids.
  • A stronger commitment to early learning for infants and toddlers and a path toward preschool for all.
  • Meals for kids in child care, schools and during summertime.
  • Continued support for the work of a committee studying how to remedy racial disproportionality in the state’s child welfare system.

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

Standing Strong For Kids: 2010 Legislative Session Review

Created on: Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 4:25pm

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.

Washington Child Nutrition Reauthorization Coalition's Message to Congress

Created on: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - 8:50am

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.

Click here to download a PDF of this message. 

For more information contact Linda Stone by phone (509) 844-1314 or
e-mail linda<at>childrensalliance<dot>org