The state of Washington needs to better document the extent and nature of hunger in our state and to identify the underlying causes of hunger and malnutrition, in order to be able to clearly articulate the need for food and resources to help those in need. This new Task Force is created to work in partnership with the private sector in searching for the answers to these questions. These issues certainly are not new to our state; however, a joint took at the issues with the private sector can hopefully provide new data, on assessment of the current status and extent of the problem, and possible solutions.NOW, THEREFORE, I, Booth Gardner, Governor of the state of Washington, do hereby establish the Governor's Task Force on Hunger, as follows:
A. The Task Force shall be composed of not more than 15 members, to be appointed by the Governor. The Governor shall appoint members as the Chair, Vice-Chair and three additional members to serve as a five-member Executive Committee of the Task Force. A majority of the Task Force shall constitute a quorum and a majority of those present can approve Task Force action.
B. During its two-year tenure, the Task Force will have two primary responsibilities:
1. It will produce a report on the extent and nature of hunger in Washington State and will recommend specific actions to be undertaken by public and private sectors to address hunger problems.
2. It will advise the Governor on critical food assistance issues which confront people within the state and advise the Governor on any proposed legislation pertaining to hunger and food assistance issues.
C. Funding. The Burlington Northern Foundation has committed funding to a non-profit organization of $50,000 per year for two years to pay for staff and other administrative expenses to assist and support the work of this Task Force. The Department of Community Development shall be the state administering agency for any contracts entered into with state funds to support the Task Force and its work. Funds currently allocated for the Governor's Advisory Council on Food Assistance may be used to pay for direct expenses, such as printing and travel related to the Task Force's purpose, and for advocacy for the hungry.
D. The Governor's Task Force on Hunger created by this Executive Order shall complete its responsibilities prior to June 30, 1988, and will automatically cease operation and be disbanded on July 1, 1988.E. Effective June 30, 1986, this Executive Order rescinds Executive Order 83-15, which created the Governor's Advisory Council on Food Assistance.
have hereunto set
my hand and caused the seal of the State of
Washington to be affixed at Olympia this
14th day of May A.D., Nineteen hundred and eighty-six.
Secretary of State