Hunger News and Trends

Recent news articles, trends and data that point to new solutions for stopping hunger.

What's Happening In Olympia

What’s Happening in Olympia?

Hunger Action Day was Monday, Feb. 5 - hunger relief advocates from across the state convened in Olympia to meet with legislators, hear from legislative champions, and celebrate the pending passage of the Breakfast After the Bell bill. Every single state lawmaker received a visit on Monday from hunger advocates, including Food Lifeline staff.

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Oh SNAP

The cause of hunger comes in many forms and so does its solutions! Some hunger is solved at the community level by local businesses, volunteers, or organizations - like Food Lifeline. Other times, it's the role of government to organize a response. An example of this is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which is the nation’s first line of defense against hunger.

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New Report Offers Federal Policy Recommendations to Increase Donations of Wasted Food

In March the Food Law and Policy Clinic of Harvard Law School (FLPC) and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to release a report titled, Don’t Waste, Donate: Enhancing Food Donation Through Federal Policy. This report provides a roadmap for the federal government to remove barriers that now limit the amount of surplus food reaching communities in need.

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House Budget Released

In late March, the Washington State House of Representatives released a new budget that demonstrates that State leaders understand the need for improving access to food and addressing poverty. Families come first in the proposed budget as it works to fund community development, healthy people, a healthy environment, and reduce barriers to education.

Some key funding improvements included in the proposed budget are:

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Hunger in the News

(From our President & CEO, Linda Nageotte)

No one wants to be hungry. Hunger robs people of opportunity. Food is a basic need, and everyone deserves enough food to eat. 

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Legislative Session Milestones - Including Senate Budget!

It has been a very busy session in Olympia for hunger fighters. From an early Hunger Action Day to a new take on Breakfast After the Bell, there’s been a lot of action. March 8th was the cutoff for bills to move out of their first chamber, either the House or the Senate. There are three bills we’re keeping an eye on that made it past this benchmark and are now working their way through the Senate:

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Yes, we’re still talking about breakfast!

Over 12.1 million low-income children received free or reduced-price school breakfast in the US every day in the 2015-2016 school year. Compared to the 2014-2015 school year, this is an increase of 3.7%, or 433,000 children. In Washington State the number of students receiving free or reduced-price school breakfast barely changed compared to the previous school year.

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Anti-Hunger Advocates Take Olympia By Storm!

Another Hunger Action Day has come and gone, and as always, it was a day full of action and passion! Each year, the Anti-Hunger & Nutrition Coalition organizes an energetic lobby day that brings together anti-hunger advocates from across the state. Created as a day to help people speak directly to their elected officials, Hunger Action Day brought over 100 passionate advocates to Olympia on Monday, January 23.

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Reconciliation and the Federal Budget

There is a lot of uncertainty in light of recent election results. In the words of Congressman Jim McGovern, an avid anti-hunger advocate, “the war on the poor is underway.” Moving forward, it is reasonable to expect policy changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and block granting of Medicaid, SNAP and its related programs, and the Head Start program.

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Washington’s (not so) Little Breakfast Problem

Washington State has a breakfast problem. More specifically, Washington State has a problem when it comes to ensuring low-income children have access to breakfast year-around. In February, 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.

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