Have a Heart for Kids Day rally, 2015

Hungry kids can't learn

Adam 01/17/14


We look forward to the celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on Monday, 50 years after the start of the War on Poverty that he helped to launch. One key strategy in the War on Poverty has been a commitment to the health and well-being of America’s children, through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps).

This session, Children’s Alliance members are asking state legislators to fulfill a key part of the American promise – basic help in hard times – by bringing State Food Assistance up to parity with federal SNAP benefits.

Like food stamps, State Food Assistance grows when times are tough and shrinks when times get better. In this fragile economy, it helps put food on the table for 14,000 Washington children in immigrant households.

This week, two adults who know how important a healthy diet is for the kids they love asked legislators to fully restore State Food Assistance. Both Irene Jorkan Kimura and Keju Thompson thanked legislators for partially restoring State Food Assistance last year and asked them to bring the program up to parity with federal SNAP.

After being halved in 2012, State Food Assistance was raised last session by $36 for the average family, but as of November 1, it and federal SNAP were cut again. Cuts to these benefits are no way to give kids the fuel they need to thrive in school.

State Food Assistance helps parents raise healthy Washington children; it’s a necessary complement to our state’s K-12 funding. Over the next two months, we’ll be looking to legislators to restore State Food Assistance. We can’t further our commitment to equity without it.

Click here to take action to restore equal benefits for families using State Food Assistance.