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How to submit letters:

This year, the Assembly and Senate Human Services Committees will be taking position letters electronically via the new Advocates Portal. You will need to create an account the first time you submit a letter through the portal, and then you will be able to use that account for subsequent letters. Here are step-by-step instructions developed by the California Food Policy Advocates.

For any questions, please reach out to Becky Gershon, Advocacy Manager (becky@cafoodbanks.org

Last Updated: 7/16/2019

Bill

Summary

Sponsor(s)

CAFB
Position

Status

AB 614 (Eggman, Salas) 

Expand the Farm to Food Bank Tax Credit to include foods other than fresh fruits and vegetables, such as rice, beans, eggs, dairy, and nuts grown or produced in California. Factsheet. Sample support letter (by 7/17).

CAFB

Co-sponsor

Sen. Approps.

SB 285 (Wiener, Dodd, Wicks)

Ensure all eligible Californians have efficient, equitable access to CalFresh by phone, online, and in person through dignified means and within an integrated safety net that supports health and well-being. Factsheet. Sample support letter (by 7/17).

CAFB, CFPA, SF-Marin Food Bank, AARP

Co-sponsor

Asm. Approps.

AB 534 (Mayes, Aguiar-Curry, Arambula)

Plan for a California with no hunger by establishing a multi-departmental task force. Factsheet. 

CAFB, WCLP, CAW

Co-sponsor

Held in Asm. Approps

AB 494 (Berman)

Simplify CalFresh applications for people with high housing costs. Factsheet. Sample support letter (by 7/12).

CAFB, WCLP, CCWRO

Co-sponsor

Signed by Governor 

SB 268 (Wiener, Beall)

Repeal the asset-test in the CalWORKS program. Factsheet. 

WCLP

Support

Achieved in budget

AB 1022 (Wicks)

Remove harm of the federal 3-month CalFresh time limit and related work requirements. Factsheet. Sample support letter (by 6/17)

CAFB, WCLP, Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, Alameda County Community Food Bank

Co-sponsor

Sen. Approps.

AB 1377 (Wicks)

Connect children and their families participating in free or reduced price meals at schools to CalFresh. Factsheet. Sample support letter - Sen. Human Svcs (by 6/17).

CAFB, CWDA

Co-sponsor

Sen. Approps.

AB 1434 (Kalra)

Reinstate the SSP Cost of Living Adjustment and increase benefits to above 100% of Federal Poverty Level. 

CAFB, WCLP, CA4SSI

Support

Held in Asm. Approps.

AB 942 (Weber)

Expand the CalFresh Restaurant Meals Program across the state. 

WCLP

Support

Sen. Approps.

SB 499 (McGuire)

Create and sustain equitable, healthy, hunger-free schools through an extra 10 cent per breakfast reimbursement for school districts to purchase CA-grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Factsheet. 

CFPA

Support

Held in Sen. Edu.

AB 842 (Limon, Eggman)

Fight hunger, advance equity, and support student success by guaranteeing that more low-income children have access to healthy meals in preschool and child care. Factsheet. 

CFPA

Support

Sen. Approps.

SB 241 (Moorlach) Threaten the Emergency Food for Families Fund that has provided vital food resources for 20 years. CAFB letter of opposition.   Oppose Held in Sen. Approps.
         
         
         
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