The Children's Alliance agenda for the 2014 state legislature identifies four priorities that build a stronger Washington for our kids. Click here to view our legislative agenda.
Seventy-one community based organizations from across the state have joined together to call for full restoration of State Food Assistance for our children, elders, and families. Read their letter to the Washington State Legislature and Gov. Jay Inslee.
A reduction in State Food Assistance in 2012 put nearly 14,000 children in immigrant families at greater risk of hunger. This session, we ask lawmakers to add $4.6 million to State Food Assistance to restore full benefits for the 2014-15 budget. Read more.
In November, monthly Basic Food benefits will decrease across the nation. The federal law that boosted benefits during the Recession ends November 1. This 2009 law was called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Congress has not voted in more funding to keep the ARRA level of benefits. Read more.
According to the most recent report on food insecurity and hunger in America released September 4th by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the rate of hunger in 2012 remained 5.7 percent nationally. Washington’s rate continues to exceed the national rate. Learn more.
Our 2013 Legislative Report describes the Children's Alliance's work for kids in partnership with coalitions and individuals from all across Washington state.
Together, our teamwork over the 2013 session won:
Children’s Alliance Legislative Champions are state lawmakers recognized for their outstanding service to children in a specific policy area in a particular legislative session.
Accion en pro de restaurar asistencia nutricional y cierren las lagunas legales de la norma tributaria
Traduccion de la carta a los legisladores – acción en pro de restaurar asistencia nutricional y cierren las lagunas legales de la norma tributaria.
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Estimados Legisladores del Estado de Washington:
U.S. Senator Patty Murray wrote to Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee to lay out her priorities for the 2013 Farm Bill. She urged protection of the SNAP program (Food Stamps? and other programs that help fight hunger.
No child should go hungry in our state. The Washington State Legislature has the opportunity to restore full State Food Assistance benefits for children and families in the 2013-15 Biennial Budget. Learn more about State Food Assistance.
Children’s Alliance Legislative Champions are state lawmakers recognized by the Children’s Alliance for their outstanding service for children in a specific policy area in a particular legislative session.
Click here to learn about the accomplishments of Champions for Children from 2006 to 2012.
Twenty-six of the Senate's 49 members have signed a letter requesting the restoration of State Food Assistance. Read the letter.
Sixty-two community organizations from across the state have joined together to call for restoration of State Food Assistance for our children, elders, and families. Read their joint letter to state lawmakers.
No child should go to school hungry. No elder should have to cut back on food to pay rent. But since the 50% cut to State Food Assistance went into effect last summer, more immigrant families are struggling against hunger.
Read about one families' struggle to survive after the cuts.
When children are forced to skip meals, or can’t access high quality nutrition, their performance in school suffers. Learn more about the link between childhood nutrition and academic achievement.
All children deserve healthy, nutritious food at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here in Washington, the legislature made a smart decision to meet our children’s nutritional needs by creating State Food Assistance in 1997. Learn more.
Since the beginning of the recession, the number of Washington state families struggling with hunger has increased sharply. Between 2008 and 2011, 75,000 new households joined the ranks of the hungry, and the rate of hunger in the state is the highest it has ever been. Read our new report.
One in four of our state’s children is struggling with hunger. We have effective tools to fight childhood hunger – food stamps, school meals, summer meals, afterschool meals and Women, Infants and Children (WIC).
Ask these five questions for candidates running for state offices (state legislators and governor). Please scroll to see reverse side for questions for candidates running for Congress.