About Us


The Anti-Hunger & Nutrition Coalition brings the voices of hungry Washington families to the ears of our policy makers to insure that public policy leads our response to hunger in our state of plenty.  Over the years, the Coalition has successfully advocated for strategic policy and state appropriations to maximize federal nutrition programs, reinforce our community-based emergency food assistance system and link local farmers with the needs of the hungry.

The AHNC meets regularly to:

  • Discuss current and coming issues affecting hunger in Washington ;
  • Collaborate and share information about statewide public policy issues and anti-hunger efforts;
  • Develop an annual legislative agenda that makes progress on our goal to end hunger in Washington.

During each legislative session, the Coalition hosts a Hunger Action Day to highlight the issues facing hungry families in Washington and bring their stories to legislators in the position to make change that reduces hunger.

The Anti-Hunger & Nutrition Coalition is chaired by a steering committee and includes:

  • Statewide associations
  • Food banks and meal programs
  • Health departments, clinics and districts
  • Religious organizations
  • School districts
  • State agency representatives
  • Tribal organizations
  • Service Providers
  • Senior Centers

What does it mean to be a member?

  • Attend meetings throughout the year
  • Serve as resource to and a public face of the coalition and anti-hunger and nutrition issues
  • Share information and vet legislative issues with your professional networks
  • Participate in Hunger Action Day and increase participation among your network
  • Provide feedback on effective service delivery and program policies that support hungry Washingtonians
  • Help expand coalition membership

Support the Anti-Hunger & Nutrition Coalition today! Download the contribution form below and support advocacy for hungry families now.

AHNC 2015-16 Steering Committee

Christina Wong, Chair
Public Policy Manager
Northwest Harvest

Northwest Harvest is a non-profit food bank distributor operating statewide in Washington State with a network of over 325 food banks, meal programs and high need schools. NWH is committed to providing and making nutritious food available to hungry people statewide in a manner that respects their dignity, while fighting to eliminate hunger.

Paul Benz
Faith Action Network

Faith Action Network (FAN) is a faith-inspired statewide partnership striving for a just, compassionate, and sustainable world through community building, education, and courageous public action. FAN provides its member congregations with resources, training, opportunities and strategies for effective advocacy across Washington State.

Carolyn Conner
Executive Director
Nutrition First

Nutrition First, formerly Washington Association of Local WIC Agencies (WALWICA), is an organization that ensures that young children of families with limited resources have opportunities for better nutrition to improve overall health. Nutrition First achieves this through advocacy, education and training for those who work on behalf of children in Washington State.

Brian Estes
Program Coordinator 
Catholic Charities Spokane

Catholic Charities Spokane is a network of agencies, institutions, parishes and individuals who administer 12 programs in the 13 counties of Eastern Washington which provide food, shelter, clothing, education, counseling and support to those in need, regardless of creed.  Vinegar Flats Community Farm is a CCS community garden/farm that produces organic food for local farmers markets and social empowerment for community members.

Karen Kinney
Executive Director
Washington State Farmers Market Association

Washington State Farmers Market Association supports and promotes vibrant and sustainable Washington farmers markets. WSFMA’s vision is to have a thriving and sustainable farmers market within reach of every resident. WSFMA is a national leader in the movement to increase access to local foods, and developing healthy communities and sustainable local food systems through farmers markets.

Lauren McGowan
Associate Director, Ending Homelessness
United Way of King County

United Way of King County brings caring people together to give, volunteer, and take action to help people in need and solve King County’s toughest community challenges. United Way of King County’s main focus is meeting people’s basic needs, by investing in programs that keep people housed, end hunger, and help people secure tax credits and public benefits. United Way of King County also focuses on ending homelessness, giving kids and equal chance, and bolstering human services that are essential to keeping a community stron


Kaitlin Todd
Sound Generations (formerly Senior Services)/
Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is an affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Washington’s members include over 1,600 dietetic professionals with expertise in various areas such as clinical nutrition, medical nutrition therapy and food service management, education and more. The Academy serves the public by promoting optimal nutrition, health and well-being and by translating the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living.
Yvonne Pitrof 
Executive Director
Washington Food Coalition

Washington Food Coalition
(WFC) is a non-profit coalition committed to strengthening the position of emergency food providers, fostering the development of new programs, helping to provide additional food for individuals and families who are hungry, and informing the public about hunger issues.  WFC is a membership-based coalition of emergency food providers.