Bread for the World
Bread for the World website’s Take Action section recommends strategies for mobilizing your community for advocacy purposes, including sample letters to government leaders.
California Budget Project
The California Budget Project engages in independent fiscal and policy analysis and public education with the goal of improving public policies affecting the economic and social well-being of low- and middle-income Californians.
Center for Budget and Policy Priorities
This site contains research on budget and tax policies (see myfoodstamps.org research section for a more detailed description of CBPP). Under the Areas of Research section of the website, there is information on all types of federal assistance programs.
California Food Policy Advocates
This site has information about hunger and food insecurity in California and has up-to-date information about policy and advocacy related to hunger. For a list of California specific research about hunger and government food programs, go to http://www.cfpa.net/reports/link.html.
California Hunger Action Coalition
The California Hunger Action Coalition (CHAC) is a grassroots anti-hunger group that holds advocacy actions each year. They offer scholarships for low-income people from all over the state to come to Sacramento to speak to their legislators and award “Hunger Fighter” awards to local and state officials and advocates who endeavor to end hunger.
Center for Food Justice, Occidental College
The Center, located in California, works to improve access to fresh and healthy foods in communities that have trouble with access. Additionally, the Center believes in strengthening the capacity of small family farmers.
Community Food Security Coalition
The Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) is a non-profit organization promoting access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food. The Coalition believes in regionally based food systems and grounded in the principles of justice, democracy, and sustainability. CFSC has over 325 member organizations.
Community Food Security Initiative (USDA) http://attra.ncat.org/guide/a_m/cfsi.html
The USDA's Community Food Security Initiative builds grass-roots partnerships for local food systems. USDA is joining with states, municipalities, nonprofit groups, and the private sector to strengthen local food systems. The contact information for this program is at the link above.
Community Food Share
Community Food Share runs direct service initiatives such as Feed the Future, Feeding Families, Mobile Pantry, Elder Share, Personal Investment Enterprise and Emergency Food Box.
End Hunger Network
The End Hunger Network works with the entertainment community to create media projects, promoting action of end childhood hunger.
Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program
USDA’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) operates in all 50 states, designed to assist low-income individuals in acquiring the changed behavior necessary for nutritionally sound diets. Programs include Adult EFNEP and Youth EFNEP. The website includes information on conferences related to this program.
Feeding America offers resources for and information about food banks across the county on their website.
Food Research and Action Center
This site contains up-to-date research about hunger in the nation, with state break-downs and useful data about national food assistance programs.
Food and Society Initiative, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Launched in 2000, Food and Society supports community-based food systems that are locally owned and controlled, environmentally sound, and health promoting.
On the website, the Publications section has searchable articles on nutrition, food security, and community based food systems. The Info Center contains toolkits on communications strategy and a calendar of conferences related to community food security.
Institute for the Study of Homelessness and Poverty
The Institute is a nonprofit, non-partisan, research and policy organization located at the Weingart Center, in the heart of downtown Los Angeles’ Skid Row. The Institute delivers reliable analysis, data and solutions to institutions and individuals to spark new collaborations and foster new initiatives, policies and programs to better understand and address homelessness and poverty.
WE Connect, a nationwide program created by Maria Shriver, connects families to resources and tools that help them save money and get ahead.