Nutrition First members attended 2 important advocacy events in Olympia this month focused on protecting vital programs for children and families in our state. President Martha Alonzo, and Board Members Bonnie Fritz and Aliya Haq, along with Executive Director Kristen Rezabek attended Hunger Action Day on February 3 with the Anti-Hunger and Nutrition Coalition. They met with state legislators and urged them to protect funding for Emergency Food Assistance Program, School Meals Program, WIC Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program and the State Food Assistance Program. Click here for more info on these legislative priorities. Orange was the color of the day, with every advocate wearing an orange scarf to identify themselves as part of the Coalition.
Nutrition First returned to Olympia on February 9th for Have a Heart for Kids Day with the Children’s Alliance. Along with 250 other child advocates we marched to the Capitol and held a rally asking lawmakers to Protect our Kids and Protect our Future! We met with legislators and again encouraged their support in saving these Nutrition and Hunger prevention programs that help feed low income families. Click here for the legislative agenda. We encouraged legislators to consider revenue options in place of cuts. Both events were remarkable in there turn out and attention they brought to these important programs. Our work is not done yet however, please contact your legislators and asking them to support funding for State Food Assistance (DSHS), Farmers Market Nutrition Programs (DOH), Emergency Food Assistance Program (WSDA) and school meals (OSPI). In addition let them know you support robust revenue options. You can make a difference!