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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.

Budget Priorities: 2020

Link to One Pager. 

COVID-19: $96M one-time for emergency food.

  • Our network estimates that food banks will need $116M in additional food to keep Californians healthy, well-fed, and out of hospitals during this time of potential system overwhelm. (Budget request is for $96M as $20M already secured for food boxes.)
  • Feeding America has estimated that nationally over the next six months, food banks will need $1.4 billion in addition to federal assistance, roughly a $140 million need in CA. 

 

Disaster Resilience: $32M one-time for food and supplies.

  • COVID-19 has already affected wildfire preparation, and a fire during the pandemic stands to create a multi-layered crisis. 
  • $32M one-time will build the long-term disaster resilience of the emergency food network:
    • $8M for permanent, on-site investments to sustain emergency food operations during disasters.
    • $24M for hunger needs that increase during disasters. 

 

Other Budget Priorities:

  • 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.