Thank you for helping advocate for healthy food!
Read more about our 2015 legislative efforts to strengthen our local food system and invest in healthy farms, healthy food and healthy kids!
Thank you for helping us advocate for local, healthy food systems. The state has a budget finally and....
The VERY GOOD News:
Senior and WIC Farmer Market Nutrition Programs were not cut at all and will continue at last year's increased level. Yay!
$5 million was funded for Healthy Kids - Healthy Schools grants which include grants for school kitchen equipment, school gardens & greenhouses, playground equipment and water bottle filling stations to encourage drinking water not soda.
The Farming Education pilot that targets high schoolers at risk of dropping out is funded at $198,000 but unfortunately no additional money was allocated to expand this successful pilot statewide.
The DISAPPOINTING News: No additional $$ was allocated in the operating budget for WSDA Small Farms and Farm to School Programs, so they will continue with $125,000/year of general fund dollars plus any grants they can get.
More details can be found in our 2015 Legislative Summary.
PLEASE call your Legislators directly, or leave a hotline message 1-800-562-6000, thanking them for protecting the Farmer Market Nutrition Programs and for funding the Healthy Kids-Healthy Schools grants!
WSFFN and the Good Food Coalition advocated for healthier local food systems this past session.
We asked for:
$250,000/year funding for WSDA to help small and direct market farms and school food buyers get the technical support they need to navigate the ever-evolving rules and regulations, and restore WSDA's Farm to School and Small Farms and Direct Marketing Program funding and $75K for WSU-CSANR to study the economics of the local food system. (Originally in House Bill 1710.)
$1.5M Funding to help schools get the kitchen equipment they need to prepare wholesome meals and purchase more local food from Washington farmers. (Originally in Apple a Day Act - House Bill 1164.)
$1 M Funding for a three year farming education pilot program targeting at-risk youth to reduce their chances of dropping out of high school. (Originally in Dropout Prevention thru Farming HB 1568. )