Food Lifeline is on a mission to end hunger in Western Washington. We believe that access to food is a human right. The causes of hunger are complex and include geographical, racial and social inequities. Our goal is to address the immediate needs of people facing hunger while addressing the root causes: poverty, inequity and injustice.  We work with nonprofit partners, government agencies and legislators to challenge systemic inequities and social injustice, and we develop long-term strategies to ensure that everybody has enough food to eat.  We invite everyone with interest in our mission, vision and values to join us in our cause.

Military Families Share Your Story

When surveyed, 1 in 5 members of military families reported that they face food insecurity. Food Lifeline is on a mission to change that. In order to advance our advocacy work, we are asking military families to share their food insecurity story. Your story will help us better understand your family’s needs and will influence our interactions with your local elected officials.

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Marilyn Strickland Introduces the Military Hunger Prevention Act

After participating in our military family town hall, Washington Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland introduced a bill to reduce barriers active duty and retired service members face to access food. Click below to read more about the bill and her commitment to military families.

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Town Hall Explores Military Families Facing Hunger

Across Washington state, Food Lifeline agency partners in communities serving military installations have reported a significant uptick in active duty and retired service members, their families, and veterans needing access to emergency hunger relief.

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2021 Legislative Wrap Up

After 105 days, Washington State closed its legislative calendar. Our advocacy team worked tirelessly to effect change in Olympia and are now celebrating several wins. Read our legislative wrap up below to learn about our policy successes in Food Systems, Hunger and Health, Hunger Prevention, Poverty, Equity & Social Justice, and Tax, Budget, and Nonprofits.

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Add Your Name to End Hunger

To root out hunger, we need to make systematic change. Our advocacy team has been fighting to influence policy that not only addresses immediate hunger needs, but also aims to dismantle the oppression and racial inequity that keeps people in poverty. Join the movement of advocates ready to fight hunger and inequality. While there’s a lot of uncertainty right now, one thing is for sure – too many Washingtonians go hungry every day, and we’re going to need your help to make a difference.

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SNAP, EBT, Public Policy Information

Last year, the federal government launched the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program to support families facing hunger while schools were closed to in-person classes due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Funds were issued to families whose K-12 students qualified for school meal benefits for the 2019-2020 school year. In fall 2020, the federal government passed continuing resolution H.R. 8337 that extends the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) for the 2021 school year.

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2021 State Successes

Food Lifeline sets out to work with legislative champions in Olympia and Washington DC on policies to solve hunger problems, protect successful safety net programs, and secure new investments for hunger relief efforts. Learn more about Washington’s 2021 State Legislative Session in this summary.

2021 State Advocacy Agenda

Read Food Lifeline’s 2021 State Advocacy Agenda on food systems, hunger and health, hunger prevention, equity and social justice, and more.

Read Our Policy Platform

Food Lifeline’s Public Policy Platform is intended to support the organization’s mission work, and specifically, advocacy aimed at root causes of hunger.

An Open Letter to Food Lifeline Stakeholders

Before the 2021 legislative session, Food Lifeline President and CEO Linda Nageotte shared a message on our next steps to end hunger in Western Washington. “I first want to express my gratitude to each of you. Since the pandemic began, we have worked tirelessly to end hunger by advancing the belief that all people deserve access to enough nutritious food, and hunger is unacceptable in Washington state… continue reading.

See Local Candidates Views on Hunger

Food Lifeline’s goal is to elevate the issue of hunger with candidates during the election cycle. Each candidate for state and federal office received our questionnaire.