End Childhood Hunger

Hunger and Nutrition Campaign

Nearly 300,000 children in Washington live in families that struggle to put nutritious food on the table every day. The issues these children face can be complex; the solution to their hunger is not: Feed children three nutritious meals each and every day.

This is the simple foundation of our strategic plan to end childhood hunger in Washington

One step in the plan is to feed hungry kids during the summer. Currently in Washington State only 11% of children who receive free and reduced cost meals during the school year are accessing free summer meal programs. A small investment of state resources to increase summer meal sites will bring millions in federal dollars to feed kids in local communities.

Read about our proposal to help feed kids all year round.

No Kidding! Blog

Paid Sick Days Help Kids Reach their Full Potential


No parent should have to choose between caring for a sick child and earning a day’s pay. That’s one of the reasons behind our support for Initiative 1433, the measure to raise the minimum wage statewide and provide paid sick days to all Washington workers.


We know that improving economic security for 1 in 5 Washington parents will fight childhood hunger. And as Children’s Alliance staff and members noted at a Seattle preschool recently, I-1433 also means healthier kids.


The initiative, which affords workers one hour of paid sick time for every 40 hours worked, is forecast to make the greatest difference in the lives of children living in
low-income households. Nationally, children in families living below a basic-needs threshold (around $32,000 for a family of two) are half as likely as other kids to have parents who can take time off when they or their children
are sick.

Latest News

Report: More Washington Kids Have Health Coverage, but Poverty Still a Roadblock

Posted on: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 12:00am

SEATTLE – Kids and families in Washington state have made some progress in the face of poverty rates that have yet to improve, according to the new national 2016 KIDS COUNT® Data Book from the Annie. E. Casey Foundation.

ADVISORY: Have a Heart for Kids Day brings kids, parents, advocates to Olympia to protect children and families

Posted on: Friday, February 12, 2016 - 11:43am
MEDIA ADVISORY: Fri., Feb. 12, 2016
WHO: Hundreds of parents, their children, and community leaders from across the state, including Spokane, Wenatchee and Seattle.
WHAT: Rally to protect kids and families and deliver the message: “KIDS CAN’T WAIT!” Speaking will be Seattle mother Sebrena Burr, about the power of advocacy to change the lives of children; and Olympia student Ashley Terry, age 14, to tell about her experience struggling with the unmet need for dental care.


Our 2017 Legislative Agenda

Created on: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 7:41am

The Children’s Alliance creates our annual Legislative Agenda with the aid of a racial equity policy analysis, so that our efforts address disparities facing children and families in communities of color.

Early Learning

Quality preschool helps kids to reach their full potential for success in school and in life. Expand access to the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) by increasing enrollment of currently eligible children and increasing funding to support and retain high quality, diverse teachers.

2016 Legislative Review

Created on: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 9:35am


This past session, the Children’s Alliance fought for policy solutions rooted in our commitment to improve the lives of Washington’s children and advance racial equity, so every child has the opportunity they deserve.