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En nuestra nación rica, nadie debería pasar hambre. Hacemos un llamado a la Delegación del Congreso de California para que tome medidas decisivas para acabar con el hambre y abogue por políticas que aborden la pobreza sistémica que enfrenta nuestro estado.

Fortalecer SNAP a través de una legislación proactiva

2021 Federal Priorities

Reautorización de nutrición infantil

Los defensores de la lucha contra el hambre en California solicitan a nuestra Delegación que apoye propuestas audaces que protejan y fortalezcan los programas de nutrición infantil y que den prioridad a las inversiones en niños de bajos ingresos. Sin embargo, cualquier inversión debe realizarse sin socavar los programas que sirven a las comunidades de bajos ingresos.

Casi la mitad de los niños de California viven en la pobreza o cerca de ella, la más alta de cualquier estado. El Programa de Asistencia de Nutrición Suplementaria (SNAP) es el programa de hambre infantil más importante. La Ley Agrícola de 2018 que rechazó los límites de tiempo de SNAP para las familias con niños y destruyó la Elegibilidad Categórica de Base Amplia fue una victoria clave contra el hambre infantil. Sin embargo, con tantos niños pasando hambre, no podemos simplemente proteger el status quo. Los programas de nutrición infantil no han mejorado desde la Ley de Niños sin Hambre Saludables de 2010.

2021 Child Nutrition Priorities

Together We Protected SNAP from Regulatory Attacks!

Over the past several years, we successfully protected SNAP from regulatory attacks that would have weakened the program and exacerbated hunger across the country.

Cargo público

In September 2018, the Trump administration announced that they would propose a federal rule requiring health and nutrition benefits to be considered in immigration public charge determinations. After years of fierce advocacy led by the national Protegiendo a las familias inmigrantes campaign and multiple lawsuits, on March 9 2021 this harmful rule was permanently blocked nationwide. Following this change, California health and human services leaders issued a joint statement, a new Public Charge Guide for individuals and families in Inglés y Español, and a letter to counties providing information on this significant change. You can read CAFB’s statement here.

Adultos capacitados sin dependientes (ABAWD)

This cruel rule would have mandated that people with “ABAWD” status could only get CalFresh for three months in a three-year period if they did not meet certain special work requirements. It would have cut off CalFresh for an estimated 700,000 people. Thankfully on October 18, 2020, a federal judge in the District of Columbia struck down the ABAWD rule. You can read a joint statement by the Western Center on Law and Poverty, the Impact Fund, and Pillsbury aquí.

Elegibilidad categórica

The long-standing Categorical Eligibility rule simplifies access to CalFresh for households receiving TANF benefits, and allows states to raise income reporting thresholds to 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. If the proposed federal rule proposed in July 2019 would have taken effect, it would have reduced the total number of households participating in SNAP by 9 percent and lowered annual SNAP benefits paid out nationwide by 5 percent. In January 2021, the USDA withdrew this proposed rule.

Asignación estándar de servicios públicos

This September 2019 proposed rule would have changed how states take households’ utility costs into account when determining the amount of CalFresh benefits households qualify for. In reality, this would force people to choose between paying their utilities and purchasing food, and disproportionately and detrimentally impact people with disabilities and older adults. In January 2021, the USDA withdrew this proposed rule.

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