Anti-Hunger & Nutrition Coalition Priorities

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Important New From The Anti-Hunger & Nutrition Coalition Website:

Our Priorities in Olympia

Anti-Hunger & Nutrition Coalition’s website

396,000 Washington families now struggle every day to put food on the table.

Families face increasingly tough challenges to make ends meet and put food on the table. Over the past three years, the number of hungry families grew by 85% across Washington. Now when it is needed more than ever, our coalition supports a balanced approach to the state budget that restores and protects our state’s hunger relief system so we can ensure our neighbors can meet their most basic need: food.

2013 Legislative Agenda

Restore full benefits for families on the State Food Assistance Program:

Benefits for the State Food Assistance Program were cut in half on July 1 for 11,000 Washington households. These families now have less than $2 per person per day for food – that’s one third of the amount needed to purchase enough food to be food secure. Denying food to one group of children creates inequality that follows them to school. Restore $21 million to DSHS’ State Food Assistance Program to restore full benefits for 2013-15 biennium.

Fill the shelves of Washington’s food banks:

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) provides crucial funding to local food banks around the state. Food banks depend on EFAP funds to pay for food, transportation and operational costs. Despite the fact that food banks with EFAP grants have seen a 35% increase in visits since 2008, our emergency food system has not seen an increase in state support since 2008.
Add $3.7 million to WSDA’s Emergency Food Assistance Program for 2013-15 biennium.

Protect the promise of the Local Farms, Healthy Kids Act for Washington’s kids, commmunities and economy:

Connecting farmers to local schools and markets makes Washington’s kids and communities healthier and Washington’s farms stronger. Funding WSDA’s Farm to School Program and Small Farms Program is good for kids and good for our local economy.
Restore $500,000 to keep WSDA’s Farm to School and Small Farms programs running during 2013-15 biennium.

Support a balanced approach to the state budget:

Our state budget has been reduced by $12 billion over the last 4 years. Social services have been cut far more dramatically than other parts of the budget – even at a time when need climbed to and has stayed at record highs. Social services are at a breaking point: additional cuts could result in the elimination of some programs because with less support, there isn’t enough capacity to continue.
We urge the Governor and the Legislature to take a balanced approach to creating a sustainable state budget that includes new sources of revenue and that reviews and reforms our current tax exemptions and expenditures.

Read more: Anti-Hunger & Nutrition Coalition’s website

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2013 Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day Monday, February 11

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Tentative Advocacy Day Agenda

8:00-9:00
Check-in and coffee and light breakfast at United Churches

9:00-9:45
2013 Legislative Agenda Pep Rally

9:45-11:15
Advocacy Workshops

11:15-11:45
Lunch and legislative district planning meetings

11:45
Walk to the Capitol Building with your Legislative District

10:00-2:30
Meet with your legislators

2:30-3:00pm
Back to United Churches for a debrief session

Click here for a more detailed agenda

About Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day (Advocacy Day)

Are you passionate about ensuring that everyone in Washington has the opportunity to live in a safe, healthy, and affordable home? Do you want to unite with others to end homelessness in our state? Are you ready to join over 500 other advocates from around Washington to tell your elected officials how you feel?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then please join the Housing Alliance on February 11 in Olympia for our annual Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day!

The day includes:

Inside information and timely updates on affordable housing and homelessness legislation.
Workshops on how to talk to your elected officials and be the most effective advocate possible.
Meetings with your lawmakers for which you’ll be armed with key messages, supporting documents and facts to help share your story.
And an opportunity to feel the power of a strong and growing movement for affordable housing and an end to homelessness.

This year’s theme is “2-11: Hear the Call for Housing and an End to Homelessness.” Advocacy Day will help connect powerful advocates to elected officials in order to make the call to increase access to affordable housing and services and programs that prevent and end homelessness. This year’s theme was chosen in recognition that our date (2-11) is the same phone number (2-1-1) that struggling individuals and families call when trying to get connected to critical resources. This year lets all come out to Olympia and make the call together to ensure our message is heard loud and strong!

Can’t Attend? Take the Advocacy Pledge!

Even if you are unable to make it to Olympia on Monday, February 11, you can still make a huge difference and be an advocate for safe, healthy, affordable homes.

Click here to sign the pledge to call your legislator on Monday, February 11, and ask them to support the Housing Trust Fund.