We are proud to announce the recipients of Food Lifeline’s 2022 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.
With sincere appreciation, we present the 2022 award winners.
Food Lifeline Legislative Champion Award
The Legislative Champion Award is given to legislators who:
Take primary sponsorship of legislation that advances Food Lifeline’s legislative priority agenda and public policy priorities.
Make special efforts to advance priority bills to passage that might have failed otherwise.
Defend against legislation that would threaten or diminish Food Lifeline’s legislative agenda and public policy priorities.
Secure important appropriations, revenue, or Capitol Budget funding for the work of Food Lifeline and/or its priorities.
Representative April Berg
Prime sponsor, HB 1833, School meals, establishing an electronic, multilingual option for the submission of household income information required for participation in school meals and programs.
Representative Marcus Riccelli
Prime sponsor, SHB 1878, Increasing public school participation in the community eligibility provision of the United States Department of Agriculture.
US Representative Kim Schrier
Original sponsor, H.R.9672 – To amend the Emergency Food Assistance Act of 1983 to provide additional agricultural products for distribution by emergency feeding organizations.
Food Lifeline Legislative Award
The Legislative Award is given to lawmakers who:
Sponsor/Co-sponsor legislation that advances Food Lifeline’s legislative support agenda or public policy priorities AND demonstrate leadership to secure passage of said legislation.
Representative Mari Leavitt
Prime sponsor, HB 1601, Expanding the Students Experiencing Homelessness and Foster Youth Pilot Program. Prime Sponsor, HB 1642, Washington National Guard Postsecondary Education Grant Program.
Senator T’wina Nobles
Prime sponsor SB 5838, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Diaper Subsidy; Prime sponsor, SB 5874, Residency of Students Affiliated with the Military.
Food Lifeline Legislative Assistant Award
The Legislative Assistant Award is given to legislative staff who:
Are particularly helpful with providing information and facilitating legislative activity that advances Food Lifeline’s legislative agenda and public policy priorities, AND who help maintain effective partnerships with lawmakers.
Mr. Ari Perlmutter
U.S. Representative Kim Schrier MD
For leadership and stakeholder engagement related to developing the policy proposal resulting in H.R.9672 – To amend the Emergency Food Assistance Act of 1983 to provide additional agricultural products for distribution by emergency feeding organizations.