FAN Policy Engagement Director Kristin Ang attended the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health last week while in Washington DC. President Biden, Members of Congress, and hunger advocates spoke to policy changes necessary to address food insecurity and health. Panelists included Edmonds housing advocate Mindy Woods (2nd from left).

Join Us for a briefing on Food Policy in WA

With our national partners at Presbyterian Hunger Program, we are co-sponsoring Food Week of Action next week, October 10-17. This year’s theme is People and Planet First, to highlight groups and initiatives that are building equitable and sustainable food systems, while also tackling the economic and racial drivers of hunger, poverty, and oppression. Visit their website to download resources to share with your communities.

Hunger is such a core issue for faith communities across our state that have for decades provided food pantries, community meals, and mutual aid for your neighbors. We want to especially invite you who have been on the front lines to a briefing next week about Food Policy in WA — Thursday, October 13, 10-11am, on Zoom. RSVP for the link here

Together we have made great strides in recent years to ensure children had access to meals at schools, families and seniors could get healthy food at farmers’ markets, and emergency food was available during the pandemic. We have the opportunity now to make sure those supports continue.

Kristin Ang, Policy Engagement Director for FAN, will be joined by colleagues from the Anti-Hunger and Nutrition Coalition, including Christina Wong, Director of Public Policy for Northwest Harvest, and Rita Chang, Right to Food Campaign Manager at Northwest Harvest. They will:

  • Recap of last week’s White House Conference on Hunger
  • Provide updates on reauthorization of the Farm Bill and Child Nutrition in Congress.
  • Introduce you to the Right to Food campaign.
  • Preview the Anti-Hunger and Nutrition Coalition’s state legislative agenda for 2023, as well as the intersections with FAN’s anti-poverty agenda.
  • Give you an easy way to take action and/or submit an op-ed.

This is our chance to delve more deeply into the policy issues that impact our neighbors–please join us next Thursday: RSVP for the link here


 

Christian Doctrine of Discovery

You are also warmly invited to join two other events next week that FAN is co-sponsoring to learn more about the Christian Doctrine of Discovery and how it continues to impact indigenous peoples, including their food sovereignty:

October 10, 6:30pm in Olympia and online, please join Interfaith Works and FAN to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day in an interactive engagement with author and activist Sarah Augustine. Explore how the Doctrine of Discovery continues to impact Indigenous people today through a case study of the Indian Child Welfare Act. Sarah Augustine is a Pueblo woman who lives with her family in White Swan, WA. She is author of The Land is Not Empty: Following Jesus in Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery. Share the flyer and Facebook event, rsvp for the Zoom link, or attend in person at The United Churches of Olympia, 110 11th Ave SE, Olympia.

October 13, 6:30pm in Seattle (in-person only): Mark Charles will lead a conversation on his book Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery. The son of an American woman (of Dutch heritage) and a Navajo man, Mark teaches the complexities of American history regarding race, culture, and Christendom in order to help forge a path of healing and conciliation for the nation. More about Mark at his website. This is a free event, books available for purchase. Please share the flyer and the Facebook event. Hosted by Seattle Mennonite Church, 3120 NE 125th St; and co-sponsored by FAN, INIC, JUUstice WA, Seattle University Center for Ecumenical & Interreligious Engagement, and Bothell First Lutheran Church.