End Childhood Hunger

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
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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

Washington Child Nutrition Reauthorization Coalition Response to the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act

Created on: Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 2:58pm

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.

WE'RE IN THE NEWS: FOOD FORUM BILL DESERVES SUPPORT

Posted on: Monday, March 29, 2010 - 11:11am

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:

MEDIA RELEASE: Senate, house budgets raise much-needed revenue

Posted on: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - 7:02pm

 

Senate and House lawmakers have rightly proposed budgets that raise substantial new revenue to protect some of the vital services that are helping children and families weather this punishing recession. But more revenue is needed to prevent devastating cuts to safety-net programs that, if enacted, would hurt families and pose serious threats to our state’s economic recovery.