The California Association of Food Banks undertakes a robust state-wide policy agenda to support our 42-member food banks as well as advocates for policies that enhance our food systems and nutrition safety net.
Emergency Food Disaster Resilience: $32 million one-time (Factsheet)
Disasters are the new normal across the state, and immigrants, farm workers, and other low-income Californians experience disproportionate consequences. Whether fires or earthquakes, or man-made crises like the 2019 federal shutdown and public safety power shutoffs, food banks are on the frontlines responding to the need of food, and remaining long after disaster strikes struggling to keep California healthy and well-fed.
COVID-19: $96 million for one-time emergency food
From day one of COVID-19, food banks have been at the forefront responding to the growing need of our communities. State funding is needed not only because of a lag in federal support, but because if is providing a resource ideal for this moment. The State-supplied boxes of prepackaged, shelf-stable foods increase food supply while minimizing internal logistics, alleviating workforce burden, and supporting social distance at distributions.
End Poverty & Food Insecurity in SSI/SSP (Factsheet)
End great recession era cuts to SSP: Since 2009, state budget cuts have forced poverty and hardship on the 1.2 million Californians who rely on SSI/SSP for basic needs. We must raise SSP grants and immediately restore the Cost of Living adjustment. Fulfill the promise of CalFresh expansion to SSI recipients: the 2018-19 budget ended the 45-year exclusion from CalFresh for SSI/SSP recipients, and funded the Supplemental & Transitional Nutrition Benefits. But this work is incomplete.