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2018 State Policy Agenda
CAFB BUDGET PRIORITIES:
FULLY FUND THE STATE CALFOOD PROGRAM. 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. PROVIDE $20.6 MILLION TO THE CALFOOD PROGRAM for food banks to purchase and distribute healthy California food to communities in need. Link to One Pager
ONE-TIME $25M 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 RESORTATION, would help the 1.3 million SSI recipients living at 90% FPL by, PROVIDING $100 so no one on SSI is below 100% FPL & RESTORE THE STATE COLA. ACHIEVE AN EQUITABLE END TO CASH OUT so that no one on SSI is denied CalFresh, while holding harmless any household that would lose CalFresh benefits. 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.
CAFB LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES:
AB 3200 (Kalra): Public social services: SSI/SSP would reinstate the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) beginning of the 2019 calendar year and require an aid payment adjustment equal to 100% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Link to One Pager
AB 1957 (Berman) Social Services Modernization, Efficiency, and Due Process Protection Act would modernize state laws governing communication for public social serivces, while ensuring the rights of applicants and recipients are protected. Link to One Pager
AB 2297 (Arambula): CalWORKs and CalFresh: Hunger Impact Act of 2018 would decrease hunger in California by: 1) Increasing the CalFresh benefit by the same amount of the federal benefit boost established in 2010; 2) make changes to the CalWORKs special food benefit so that it is counted as food benefit rather than a cash benefit; 3) adding lack of fresh water and high blood pressure levels to reasons to receive the CalWORKs special food needs supplement. Link to One Pager
AB 1952 (Mayes): Social Service: Access to Food would create a process to bring together food system stakeholders to engage and collaborate and the local, regional, and state levels to remove barriers to adequate, nutritious food choices and ensure a vibrant and sustainable food system is available across all communities statewide. Link to One Pager
Ongoing CAFB Policy Priorities:
Advocating for Policies that Increase Access to Healthy Food
The California Association of Food Banks (CAFB) and our food bank network are strongly committed to advocating for anti-hunger programs and policies at the federal, state and local levels.
CAFB’s advocacy program includes: working with decision-makers at state and federal levels; providing expert testimony on hunger-related issues and legislation; supporting and sponsoring legislation related to hunger, nutrition and poverty; hosting an annual Legislative Day for food banks to educate state legislators about hunger in their districts; participating in anti-hunger coalitions; providing action alerts on timely issues; and partnering with leading anti-hunger organizations.
Protecting & Strengthening Government Nutrition Programs
Our country’s first line of defense against hunger is our government nutrition programs. Tragically, these programs have seen dramatic cuts in recent years, at a time when poverty and hunger rates are increasing. (California has one of the highest rates of child food insecurity in the nation, at 25.1%. Learn more about hunger in California.)
Food bank advocacy efforts are essential for protecting and strengthening the safety net programs that can prevent hunger, including:
- School lunch and breakfast programs for students from low-income families
- Summer feeding programs that benefit students who might otherwise go hungry when school is out of session
- SNAP/CalFresh benefits (formerly known as food stamps)
California has one of the worst food stamp participation rates in the nation: nearly half of eligible households are not signed up for the benefits they qualify for. CAFB and our partners in the Alliance to Transform CalFresh are working to improve the CalFresh system, integrate it with the Affordable Care Act, and dramatically increase participation. Learn more.
Strengthening Food Bank Advocacy Programs
California’s food banks were among the first in the nation to include policy and advocacy work as a core part of their anti-hunger efforts. CAFB assists our members by providing venues to communicate with policy makers and offering leadership in strategy and message development. We provide members with capacity building and technical assistance in developing their advocacy programs, along with sample advocacy materials and a comprehensive guide, “Food Bank Guide to Policy Advocacy: Best Practices and Action Ideas for Influencing Public Policy to End Hunger.”
If your member food bank is interested in developing or expanding an advocacy program, please contact Andrew Cheyne, Director of Government Affairs, at email@example.com or 510-350-9915.