End Childhood Hunger

Hunger and Nutrition Campaign

Nearly 300,000 children in Washington live in families that struggle to put nutritious food on the table every day. The issues these children face can be complex; the solution to their hunger is not: Feed children three nutritious meals each and every day.

This is the simple foundation of our strategic plan to end childhood hunger in Washington

One step in the plan is to feed hungry kids during the summer. Currently in Washington State only 11% of children who receive free and reduced cost meals during the school year are accessing free summer meal programs. A small investment of state resources to increase summer meal sites will bring millions in federal dollars to feed kids in local communities.

Read about our proposal to help feed kids all year round.

No Kidding! Blog

Hungry in Washington: Families with children experience greater food insecurity

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A Children's Alliance analysis of new government figures shows that hungry families are not experiencing an economic recovery.

According to the most recent report on food insecurity and hunger in America released September 9th by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the national rate of hunger in 2014 did not improve over 2013’s rate of 5.6 percent.

A Promising Strategy to Feed Hungry Kids

 
Kids that go to school hungry don’t perform as well academically, limiting their opportunity to reach their full potential. We know that one in five kids in Washington state live in households that struggle to put food on the table. We also know that the legacy of structural racism in our country means that this reality is even starker for kids of color.
Luckily, for school districts in high-poverty neighborhoods across Washington state, there is a promising solution to address hunger and help reduce the opportunity gap in education: the Community Eligibility provision. School districts have until Monday, Aug. 31 to enroll.

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ADVISORY: Have a Heart for Kids Day brings kids, parents, advocates to Olympia to protect children and families

Posted on: Friday, February 12, 2016 - 10:43am
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MEDIA ADVISORY: Fri., Feb. 12, 2016

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: Hundreds of parents, their children, and community leaders from across the state, including Spokane, Wenatchee and Seattle.

Gov. Inslee takes prudent step to feed hungry kids

Posted on: Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 8:40am

Gov. Jay Inslee has announced that he’ll protect Washington families from new, harmful cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps).
The Governor will adjust the state’s utility-assistance payments to certain eligible households from $1 to $20.01, ensuring that thousands of families get the food assistance they need to feed their children.

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Champions for Children: 2015 Legislative Session

Created on: Monday, September 14, 2015 - 1:08pm

Children’s Alliance Champions for Children are state lawmakers recognized for their outstanding service to children in a specific policy area in a particular legislative session.

This year, ten elected officials received this award for their significant leadership in preserving, protecting, or advancing state policies or investments that will improve the well‐being of vulnerable children in Washington.