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.

2021 WA State Legislative Progress

Food Lifeline’s public policy platform aims to end hunger today while solving food insecurity for the future.  See how our advocacy efforts are impacting state legislative efforts.

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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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Across Washington state, more people are struggling to pay their bills, make rent, and put food on the table. More families than ever before are coming through the doors of foodbanks in the communities Food Lifeline serves. While we have increased our output to meet the growing demand, ending hunger once and for all requires partnership with local governments and elected officials. We are working to communicate with elected leaders about how people experience hunger in their own communities.

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Add Your Name to End Hunger

Washington’s legislative session in Olympia began on January 11th, and we’re growing our grassroots team to advocate for hunger relief resources to protect vulnerable communities across the state this year. Join the movement of advocates ready to fight hunger during the state legislative session. 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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Current Resources

An Open Letter to Food Lifeline Stakeholders

In advance of the 2021 legislative session, please read a message from Linda Nageotte, President and CEO of Food Lifeline 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.

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.

View Washington State Results

On November 3, 2020, Washington State held General Elections for Governor, legislative measures, judicial positions and more.

2020 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 2020 State Legislative Session in this summary.

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.