CA Food Banks Applaud Anti-Hunger Investments in State’s Senate Budget Plan
abril 26, 2023
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abril 26, 2023
This morning, the Senate released their bold “Protect Our Progress” Senate Budget Plan, which lays out a very ambitious framework for addressing record levels of hunger and poverty that California is facing today. This ambitious plan centers the lives of California’s most vulnerable residents in its vision, and prioritizes investments that will help us achieve a hunger-free California that we know is possible.
In particular, we are grateful for the recognition of the ongoing hunger-crisis caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic and ending of CalFresh Emergency Allotments on March 26. While 1 in 5 Californians still experience the toxic stress and health impacts of food insecurity, 5 million Californians this month have stopped receiving the critical boost to their CalFresh benefits that had raised every CalFresh recipient’s benefits by an average of $82 per month. This represents a loss of $500 million per month in food benefits statewide.
We are grateful that the Senate Budget plan proposes many important, and some long sought after, investments into anti-hunger programs that will help to mitigate harm:
In addition, we are grateful for budget priorities to support the basic needs of low-income Californians, including:
In addition to these important priorities, we call on the Legislature and Governor to protect and continue ongoing investments in California’s highly effective network of food banks, to ensure they have the resources they need to serve their communities:
We are looking forward to working with budget leaders in the weeks ahead to achieve these priorities in the final 2023-24 state budget.