Thanks to everyone who made a contact in Olympia last week! Please make sure you are registered for Hunger Action Day HERE! We are putting an extra shout out to folks who live in the following legislative districts where we have meetings but no attendees so far: Districts 3, 4, 15, 17, 25
Last week was a busy one as bills continued to be dropped and hearings on bills began. Feb. 7 is the deadline for bills to be out of the House of origin (except for fiscal bills).
Emergency Food Assistance Program
There are over 30 House members and at least 15 senators who have signed on to support additional funding for EFAP. Rep. Blake and Sen. Hatfield are organizing this effort for another week. If your lawmaker has signed on, please make sure to thank them.
Northwest Harvest and Food Lifeline have begun to coordinate legislative meetings to include a local food bank manager joining by phone, which is a great way for lawmakers to hear from local constituents who can’t be in Olympia.
Washington Food Coalition is organizing a community sign on letter, and more than 130 organizations as well as 157 individuals have signed so far. Click here to add your organization. The letter will be delivered to lawmakers the day after Hunger Action Day.
State Food Assistance Update
The Children’s Alliance is circulating a sign on letter to House members early next week. The letter, hosted by Rep. Pettigrew, will urge budget writers to complete restoration of SFA. If you talk with House members who would like to sign on in support of full funding for State Food Assistance, please let me know and we’ll get them signed on.
Please remember that we have an alive alert at to urge your network to go to this link to send a message to their legislators about restoring SFA.
We are also collecting organizational sign-ons for a letter to legislators about full funding for SFA. The letter is revised from last year’s letter. If you signed last year, you should have received an email already stating we are resubmitting the letter. If you know of organizations who would like to sign, please pass it along. Click here to see the letter.
School Breakfast Bill HB 2536 and SB 6444
Breakfast After the Bell bills have been introduced in both houses, however, hearings have not yet been scheduled. A new one-pager is now available.
Action Needed: Contact Senator Litzow and Representative Tomiko Santos and ask that they give the Senate and House bills hearings in the respective Education Committees.
Farmers Market Nutrition Programs
A revised factsheet is available on the Farmers Market Nutrition Program request for an additional $500,000 in the Supplemental Budget.
Food and Farming Lobby Day is Feb. 11.
The state Farmers Market Association conference is this weekend and speakers will discuss this request and ask members to take action.