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The California state budget should reflect our shared commitment to ending hunger. That means investing in the programs that work to end hunger every day, like CalFood.

CalFood Budget Request:

Provide $20.6 million to the CalFood Program for food banks to purchase and distribute healthy California food to communities in need. California food banks need our state to help meet the need because of record demand due to an uneven economic recovery, high cost of living, and a lack of access to nutritious foods for all Californians. The CalFood program will also help Californian farmers and local economies because all purchases must be healthy California grown foods. Link to One Pager.

Other Budget Priorities:

  • One-time $19.5M food bank infrastructure investment. California food banks revealed that the statewide need for one-time infrastructure improvements - e.g., vehicles, cold storage – are approximately $42 million, and facility expansions or purchases are an additional $115 million. Food banks’ total infrastructure needs thus approach $150 million.  Link to One Pager                                                    

  • SSI/SSP COLA and grant restoration would help the 1.3 million SSI recipients living at 90% FPL by, providing $100 so no one on SSI is below 100% FPL & resore the state COLA. Link to One Pager                 

  • Restore cuts to CalWORKS & restore the CalWORKS 60-month clock to ensure that no family be in deep poverty at, or below, 50% of the FPL. ESTABLISH A FLOOR FOR CALWORKS GRANTS to protect families from deep poverty.

  • Expand CalRecycle funding to at least $40 million in Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funding for Food Waste and Organics Grant programs.