In Washington, 1 in 7 children face hunger.

Hunger persists across Washington as families face a perfect storm of supply chain issues, rising grocery costs, and a lingering pandemic. It’s more critical than ever that lawmakers use every opportunity to fight hunger, especially for the youngest among us.

Washington State

In Washington, recent advocacy has led to improvements like eliminating the cost of reduced-price meal copays for all grades and expanding eligibility to more than 90,000 students in all grades for school meals at no student cost. Learn more about Washington state’s child nutrition programs.

Food Lifeline has long advocated for measures to improve access and availability of school nutrition programs, including Community Eligibility expansion, funding for school nutrition infrastructure, Farm to School funding, and technology to support multilingual online school meal applications.

U.S. Congress

Congress has the power to improve and strengthen federal child nutrition programs so that they better meet the needs of the nation’s children in pre-school, school-based, and out-of-school time settings.

These programs include the Summer Food Service Program, School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, Summer and Afterschool Nutrition Programs, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. Learn more.