Governor Newsom Signs 2022-23 State Budget
July 1, 2022
Last night, Governor Newsom signed the 2022 Budget Act (SB/AB 178). This Budget includes several critical investments into California’s anti-hunger and anti-poverty programs that will help to make significant strides toward our collective goal of ending hunger in California. We thank Governor Newsom and the Legislature for prioritizing the needs of low-income Californians and using the State’s unprecedented surplus to ensure a more equitable economic and pandemic recovery.
We are especially thankful that the Governor and Legislature recognized the critical role that food banks play in local communities all across our state, by investing $120 million in the CalFood program. This will allow food banks to purchase and distribute California grown foods – supporting California food producers and allowing food banks the flexibility to choose the food products that best meet their community’s needs.
The simple fact is that the hunger crisis is far from over. Today, more than a quarter of households with children in California are food insecure, with deep disparities for Black and Latinx communities.
In addition to providing significant support to our state’s food banks, the Budget makes historic investments in the California Food Assistance Program, school meals for all, supplemental security income (SSI), and other anti-poverty programs that address root causes of hunger.
We are grateful to Governor Newsom, 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.
“With hunger still at record levels in California, we had a tremendous opportunity and responsibility this year to center our state budget around the people who are struggling the most, and to ensure that we are investing in the programs and solutions that can make the most impact. We are sincerely thankful to Governor Newsom and the Legislature for continuing to support California’s food banks and taking bold steps toward a hunger-free future for California,” said Becky Silva, director of government relations.
Here are anti-poverty and anti-hunger highlights from the 2022 Budget Act:
Although we recognize the deep impact that these proposals will have, we were disappointed to not see ongoing funding for CalFood, an investment in Climate and Capacity Resilience for food banks, or permanent authorization of the State Disaster Food Assistance Program. We must continue to work towards preparing our anti-hunger safety net for unforeseeable disasters, and invest in infrastructure that will allow food banks to be climate smart and resilient into the future.
Access to food is a fundamental human right, and while there’s still much work to do to achieve this for all Californians, we applaud California’s leaders for taking significant steps toward that reality.