Hazel Dell church lobbies Olympia on behalf of hungry children

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Hazel Dell -- True to its progressive form, the First Congregational United Church of Christ led the way to Olympia on Feb. 21 to lobby against cuts in nutrition programs for hungry children in Washington. Many of the 21 members of the church who spoke to legislators were fasting for the day; so was Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, who received a visit from the group. All this was kicked off by a carbo-loading mac-n-cheese dinner at St. Andrew Lutheran Church on Feb. 19. Nearly 100 people turned out for the dinner, according to the Rev. Brooks Berndt of the First Congregational Church. "It was truly an evening of full tummies, new friends and miles of smiles," Berndt wrote in his most recent church newsletter.