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The Legislative Session is in full swing in Olympia. This is the time your State Legislators need to hear from you about programs that are important to you and your community. There are several policy papers that provide important information and talking points on the State Food Assistance Program, Emergency Food Assistance Program for Food Banks, and Restoration of Farm to School that have been put together by the Children’s Alliance’s, Anti-Hunger and Nutrition Coalition and the Good Food Coalition and can be found at http://www.wsahnc.org/our-priorities-in-olympia/.

We face another year of up to $2 billion in deficits after cutting more than $10.5 billion from state services in the past 4 years. This year it’s important to communicate the need for restoring services and adding funding to hunger programs. We along with our AHNC coalition members support reforming our tax code so there is enough money to pay for basic needs – not another all-cuts budget.

Learn more about our tax structure and solutions that don’t hurt low-income families at Washington Budget & Policy Center. For information positive tax reform and ways to create new revenue, contact Our Economic Future.

Advocacy Dates in Olympia:

Wednesday January 30: Join Children’s Alliance members for Have a Heart for Kids Day!

Sign up here or just head to Olympia on Wed. to speak up for kids and restoring State Food Assistance!

Monday, February 4: Food & Farming Day with the Good Food Coalition: restore our state’s innovative and essential Farm to School and Small Farms Programs at WSDA! RSVP here.

Wednesday, February 6: Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Lobby Day. Sign up Here.

Friday, February 22: Hunger Action Day with the AHNC Register at http://www.wsahnc.org/annual-lobby-day/

If you can’t visit your legislators in Olympia try calling their office, emailing or mailing a letter with your comments and concerns. Use the Find Your Legislator site to determine what district you are in.