Suzan Shows Up For Our Economic Security
To wrap up my ‘Suzan Shows Up’ tour of the region, I spent this past week on the issue of economic security. Issues such as food insecurity and child hunger, affordable child care and access to reliable transportation options all impact the economic security of millions of hardworking American families.
I celebrated the groundbreaking of Sound Transit’s Lynnwood Link Extension project, which will expand the Seattle area’s light rail system into Snohomish County, reducing vehicle miles on our congested roads and lessening the cost of commuting for people throughout the region. I toured the Snohomish Community Transit’s proposed Swift Orange Line and discussed how mass transit connects people to services like the Mill Creek Library, education, housing, and employment (and our future light rail station). On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of hosting a round table discussion on improving economic security for families with representatives from advocacy groups, including the WA State Dept. of Children, Youth, & Families, Hopelink, MomsRising, YMCA, YWCA, Casey Family Programs and the King County Kinship Collaborations. I also toured the Kirkland Wednesday Farmer’s Market with Market Manager Tessa Hansen, Claire Laine, Director of the Anti-Hunger & Nutrition Coalition, and other nutrition and anti-hunger advocates. We discussed the importance of nutrition assistance programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Women, Infants, and Children’s Program (WIC), and WA’s own Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) program with advocates and vendors at the market.
On Friday, I spoke at Food Lifeline’s ‘Hacking Child Hunger’ event to highlight and examine child hunger issues. With 1 in 5 kids (284,480 children) in WA experiencing hunger, addressing this issue is more urgent than most realize. I had the honor of standing alongside Congresswoman Kim Schrier, Congressman Adam Smith, First Lady Trudi Inslee, state representatives, and representatives from agencies and advocacy groups to raise awareness of child hunger and the important work Food Lifeline does to increase food security for children and their families.
Today – Saturday, September 7th – I held the third and final town hall of my ‘Suzan Shows Up’ summer tour in Redmond. Thanks to all of you who were able to join us and share your thoughts!
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