Since 2012, Representative Suzan DelBene has been a strong voice for Washington’s 1st congressional district, fighting for the rights of people who don’t have enough to eat.
“Across our region you see many people who are struggling,” says Rep. DelBene. “There are children and seniors who aren’t getting healthy food every day. Right here in our backyard.”
DelBene is also responsible for creating the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training programs. In addition to providing food assistance, SNAP helps recipients gain the skills they need to find well-paying jobs that create more stability in their households.
Since her first year in office, DelBene has worked closely with Food Lifeline to listen to the needs of people who are hungry, to raise awareness about the issue of hunger, and to champion the hunger-relief efforts Food Lifeline advocates for in Congress.
Rep. DelBene is one of many legislative champions Food Lifeline works with year-round—in Washington D.C., Olympia, and at the local community level—to address the needs of people who are hungry.
“For me, being able to make sure that we are focused on this issue—that we have the appropriate resources, ideas, and programs—is critically important because there is nothing more important than clean air, clean water, and healthy food. It doesn’t get more basic than that.”