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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.

Encouraging Food Donation

Please read about our campaign to secure funding from the state legislature for large-scale procurement of donated Washington commodities for hunger relief efforts statewide. 

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Help Us End Child Hunger

No child should go hungry. As we continue to advocate for children facing food insecurity and reduce barriers to nutritious food, we need your support to challenge lawmakers to do the same. Click the link below to learn how you can root out child hunger!

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2023 Legislative Awards

We are proud to announce the recipients of Food Lifeline’s 2023 Legislative Awards! These awards are given to state lawmakers who have made significant contributions to food justice in Washington. Our partnership with elected officials is critical to advancing our mission of feeding people experiencing hunger today, while working to end hunger for tomorrow.

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2024 Legislative Wrap Up

After 60 days, Washington State closed its legislative calendar. Our advocacy team worked tirelessly to effect change in Olympia and are now celebrating many wins. Read our legislative wrap up below to learn about our policy successes in Equity & Social Justice, Poverty, Food Systems, Hunger and Health, Nutrition Assistance, and Tax, Budget, and Nonprofits.

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Watch Our Most Recent Town Hall

Join the Food Lifeline team along with a host of local lawmakers for a candid discussion on the topic of military families and food insecurity.

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Become a Corporate Advocacy Partner

When you partner with Food Lifeline on advocacy, you can count on us as trusted partners, on the frontlines of where hunger impacts communities, and ready to work with advocates and legislative champions in your community, Olympia, and Washington DC.

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Join Our Campaign to End Military Hunger

During the pandemic, as many as 1 in 5 military households have experienced food insecurity. We have committed to eradicate hunger for military families in Washington and we need your help to make systemic change. Click the link below to learn more about our military hunger advocacy work and how you can get involved.

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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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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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Current Resources

2024 State Advocacy Agenda

Read Food Lifeline’s 2024 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.

Get to Know the National Strategy on Hunger, Health, and Nutrition

More than 50 years since the first White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health, the U.S. has yet to end hunger and is facing an urgent, nutrition-related health crisis.

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.

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.

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A roadmap to a more resilient food system through food waste reduction

Encouraging Food Donation Issue Brief

We actively support policies and investments to encourage and support food donation practices in Washington and to achieve the state’s goal of a 50% reduction in wasted food by 2030, including creating a $25 million program to scale up sourcing donated Washington produce, protein, and grains; establishing date labeling standardization to clarify “quality” and “safety;” creating wasted food reduction capacity grants for cold storage and refrigerated trucks, and fostering statewide collaboration on grocery rescue best practices.

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