May 27, 2014
Last week Senator Patty Murray introduced new legislation to help fight child hunger during summer months!
May 19, 2014
The federal budget process is underway in Congress right now. You may have already heard that the House budget, authored by House Budget Chair Paul Ryan, proposes cutting SNAP by $135 billion over the next ten years, an absolutely unconscionable action as SNAP has already been cut due to the loss of the economic stimulus boost and in the Farm Bill.
May 8, 2014
Background of Anti-Hunger & Nutrition Coalition: The Anti-Hunger & Nutrition Coalition brings the voices of hungry families to Washington’s policy makers to insure public policy leads our response to hunger in our state.
May 2, 2014
We wanted to let you know about some important changes that AHNC will be undergoing in the next few months.
April 10, 2014
Great news! Governor Inslee announced today that Washington will take steps to preserve Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for approximately 200,000 households in Washington. first time in several years that session has ended on time!
March 14, 2014
Late last night, the 2014 legislative session adjourned. This is the first time in several years that session has ended on time!
March 5, 2014
Send a message NOW to keep the Breakfast After the Bell bill moving! The Senate Budget bill (SB 6002) as passed by the House today included language that would fund the Breakfast After the Bell bill (HB 2536), should it pass.
February 26, 2014
The House Budget proposal was released this afternoon at a news conference. Here’s how the AHNC Priorities fared in this budget compared to the Senate.
February 25, 2014
The Senate Majority Caucus Supplemental Budget proposal was released yesterday afternoon at a news conference. Here’s how the AHNC Priorities fared in this budget.
February 14, 2014
Week 5 of the 2014 Legislative Session started with a rush to move bills through the fiscal committee, House Appropriations and Senate Ways and Means, by the end of the day Tuesday.
February 10, 2014
Thanks to everyone who braved the elements to attend Hunger Action Day on Friday in Olympia! Our numbers, carrots, and orange scarves made a real impression on the Capitol Campus.
January 31, 2014
Hearings will be held next week on the House and Senate Breakfast After the Bell bills.
January 28, 2014
The House and Senate conference committee on the Farm Bill came to an agreement this weekend and filed their report on Monday evening. It appears that the House will vote on the conference bill Wednesday.
January 28, 2014
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.
December 13, 2013
At this time, Congress does not have plans to vote on a conference report for the Farm Bill until early January. The lead negotiators on the Farm Bill hope that the conference report, once passed by the Conference Committee, will move swiftly through votes in the House and the Senate in order to pass a new five-year Farm Bill before the end of January.
December 2, 2013
Wednesday, Dec. 4 is a National Day of Action to protect SNAP. Anyone can call their member of Congress using this toll-free number: (877) 752-6479. When prompted, enter your zip code and listen to the brief instructions.
November 27, 2013
Late last week, talks between the lead negotiators on the Farm Bill broke down. At the heart of the disagreement is division over both reforming the crop subsidies program and SNAP. The lead negotiators, (the Chairs and Ranking Members of both the Senate and House Agriculture Committees) are continuing their talks over conference calls this week while Congress is on Thanksgiving recess.
October 10, 2013
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is circulating a letter to Farm Bill Conferees in support of full funding for SNAP in the Farm Bill. As the Senate and House move towards a farm bill conference, anti-hunger champions in Congress need our voices to demonstrate the large breadth of support for SNAP and opposition to the draconian cuts in the House Bill.
October 3, 2013
With the federal government closed since Tues, Oct. 1 and no Continuing Resolution on the budget in sight, advocates need to let Congress know this shut down hurts constituents. It needs to end now!
September 17, 2013
This is it! Today the House released its nutrition bill for the Farm Bill and, as warned, it does include $40 billion in cuts to SNAP and the House could vote as soon as Thursday.
August 5, 2013
Last week, House Republican Leadership announced that a working group led by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) has agreed on a framework for a House nutrition-only bill that includes $40 billion in cuts to SNAP over ten years, nearly double the amount of cuts included in the House Agriculture Committee’s Farm Bill that was defeated in June.
July 12, 2013
We are just devastated by today’s votes to pass an ag-only Farm Bill in the House. Early on, they approved moving forward a split Farm Bill that separates agriculture and nutrition titles, severing the long-time coalition and common interests between farmers and consumers, especially low-income people.
July 10, 2013
THURSDAY, July 11 the House Rules Committee plans a vote that could take SNAP out of the Farm Bill – creating an ag-only bill and a SNAP-only bill out of the current Farm Bill structure. That will just open the door for an onslaught of stand-alone amendments that would dismantle SNAP as we know it.
June 7, 2013
Full House will begin debate on the Farm Bill and they need to hear from us now!
May 9, 2013
Both the House and Senate are planning to mark up new versions of the Farm Bill – the Senate may begin this week – so let’s get going (again)! Neither the Senate nor House versions of the Farm Bill…
April 26, 2013
Regular session ending – but our advocacy doesn’t:This Sunday marks the end of the Legislature’s regular session, but they are a long way off from ending their work. This is a “long” session…
April 10, 2013
House budget released – please pick up your phone today! When the Senate released their budget proposal last week, we celebrated that there was progress…
April 3, 2013
Revenue: We all need to talk to our Senators about revenue. We stand in strong support for the need to find revenue to help Washington pay for existing need for services …
March 28th, 2013
Gov. Inslee released his plan today to help fund our kids and communities by closing tax loopholes and raising revenue. To begin to address our $2.3 billion deficit, he would end tax exemptions…
March 22nd, 2013
On Wednesday, the state’s latest economic forecast was released – once again, the news is bad but some feared it would be worse. Here are several factors that are driving our deficit…
March 15th, 2013
New leaders named to Dept. of Agriculture & Dept. of Health: Gov. Inslee named Okanogan rancher, chair of Washington’s Salmon Recovery Board, and former Okanogan Co….
March 8th, 2013
This week marked the halfway point for the 2013 legislative session. Each of our anti-hunger priorities has a legislator sign on letter and we’re looking for more champions for all of them…
February 21st, 2013
Download the Hunger Action Day agenda now and be prepared for the Coalition’s day of advocacy.
February 12th, 2013
Friday, Feb. 22 is our opportunity to make hunger a visible, undeniable priority for legislators – help us make a big orange splash in Olympia….
February 4th, 2013
No child should go to school hungry. No elder should have to cut back on food to pay rent. But since the 50% cut to State Food Assistance (SFA) went into effect last summer….
March 30, 2012
AHNC Members, The special legislative session is slated to end mid-April and members of the House and Senate continue to work together to reconcile a budget to send to the governor…
March 23rd, 2012
As you know, last week the Senate approved a harmful budget which cuts State Food Assistance (food stamp benefits for legal immigrants). The Senate budget closes no tax loopholes,…
March 15, 2012
Prepared by SFA advocates Send a Letter to the Editor highlighting the impact of cutting State Food Assistance on children and families. In particular, we should focus on media…