After several months of anticipation the House has its own Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) bill (read about the Senate version here). Unlike the Senate version, the bill is not a bi-partisan bill supported by committee members on both sides of the aisle. Unfortunately the news is not good.
Hunger News and Trends
The 2016 Washington State regular legislative session began on January 11th and ended on March 10th. The Legislature was called into special session by Governor Inslee immediately following the close of regular session because they had not passed a supplemental budget. On March 10th, expressing his frustrations with the legislature’s inability to negotiate a supplemental budget, Governor Inslee vetoed 27 bills.
Not always having access to the food you need or only having access to poor quality food impacts your health. Several studies have shown that living in a household with little or no access to healthy food or where it is not clear when or where your next meal will come from increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. People don’t feel good when they are hungry—period.
Food Lifeline has participated in the Regional Food Policy Council (RFPC) representing the non-governmental anti-hunger organization seat. The RFPC “develops just and integrated policy and action recommendations that promote health, sustain and strengthen the local and regional food system, and engage and partner with agriculture, business, communities and governments in the four-county region”.
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SPOTLIGHT: COUNCILMAN O’BRIEN
Early this month I had an awesome opportunity to attend the Anti-Hunger Policy Conference in Washington, DC, sponsored by Feeding America and the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC). It was an action packed three days with amazing speakers, connecting with food banks and anti-hunger advocates from around the country, and even learning a little bit too. Here’s the day by day!
On February 16, the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) released their annual School Breakfast Scorecard, which measures how many low-income students participate in the federally funded School Breakfast Program. Nationally, school breakfast participation grew from 2014 to 2015, with 44 states increasing participation in their free and reduced-price school breakfast overall.
Food Lifeline’s Mobile Food Pantry (MFP) has energized a growing set of services at the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center in Maple Falls. In this remote region of Western Washington, services for those in need can be few and far between. However, our MFP is developing into an important hub of support for the community.
Local hunger champions, Chef John Howie and former Seahawk Craig Terrill, rallied generous 12s throughout the NFL season to raise $88,693 for Food Lifeline.
The substantial effort earned the Seattle Seahawks team captains a second place finish in the Kick Hunger Challenge, which generated an additional $5,000 prize from the Taste of the NFL to increase the total Food Lifeline donation to $93,693.
We’ve been discussing Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) for a while now. Our previous blog post lays out the basics of the programs and why they’re so important to our work to end hunger in our region.
On January 20th, the Senate Agriculture Committee brought forward their version of a CNR bill. While the actual bill has many, many pieces to it, here are some of the highlights: