California Legislature Advances Landmark Anti-Hunger Investments
June 4, 2021
CA Food Banks Urges Governor Newsom to Adopt Proposals to Make Historic Progress Toward a Hunger Free California
Last night, the state Senate and Assembly Budget Committees voted to advance their proposals for the 2021 Budget Act. These include several policies that will make critical progress fighting the record hunger still causing pain and hardship across our state.
The simple fact is that the hunger crisis is far from over: food banks and the millions of Californians we serve need continued state support. Census data released yesterday showed that the most critical form of hunger actually increased to more than 10% of Californians. This is nearly triple the pre-pandemic rate.
We are thrilled that the Legislature’s proposals include our primary requests to support California’s food banks who continue to face unprecedented demand from the ongoing hunger crisis unleashed by COVID-19, as well as historic investments in our broader policy priorities that together make steps toward a hunger-free future for California.
Sincere thanks to Budget Chairs Senator Skinner and Assemblymember Ting, Speaker Rendon, Pro Tem Atkins, the Budget Subcommittee Chairs, and our legislative champions who have been true leaders on these critical issues.
“We are excited and grateful for the actions taken in the Legislature, because hungry families can’t wait. We appreciate all that the Governor continues to do to support food banks and hungry Californians through the duration of COVID-19 crisis. With hunger still at record levels, we ask the Administration to support these actions that build on the May Revision, furnish food banks with the resources they need to respond to an ongoing hunger crisis, and make a historic advance toward ending hunger in California.”Andrew Cheyne, director of government affairs
Here is a partial summary of anti-hunger proposals the Budget Committees advanced:
Despite the combined impact of these proposals, we were disappointed not to see AB 221 (Santiago) included. This would provide food benefits to immigrant Californians excluded by CalFresh, and is still greatly needed given the ongoing chilling effect from public charge. We applaud Asm. Santiago’s leadership and the bipartisan Assembly floor vote on AB 221, and ask that this be enacted.
We again offer our appreciation to Governor Newsom for all of the State’s support for food banks during this crisis, and the many impactful proposals in the May Revisions. We ask the Administration to support these and other actions taken by the Assembly and Senate Budget Committees that build on the May Revision, and look forward to working with all stakeholders to ensure their inclusion in the 2021 Budget Act.