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Hunger Legislation Tracker

Anti-Hunger Bills (2022):

SB 364 (Skinner)

This bill builds on the historic success in the 2021-22 State Budget to provide universal free school meals to California’s children, by establishing the Better Out of School Time (BOOST) Nutrition Program to prevent child hunger during school breaks or campus closures, and increasing security, and privacy protections for school income data collection and maximize P-EBT benefits.

Sponsor(s): California Association of Food Banks, Center for Ecoliteracy, NextGen California, Office of Kat Taylor

Position: Co-sponsor

Status: Referred to Asm. Appropriations Committee

Bill Text Factsheet

SB 641 (Skinner)

This bill works to address college student hunger by codifying the regulations issued by the Department of Social Services (DSS) at the recommendation of the workgroup established by AB 1930 (Skinner, 2014) which sought to make CalFresh benefits more accessible to eligible college students.

Sponsor(s): California Association of Food Banks

Position: Support

Status: Referred to Asm. Appropriations Committee

Bill Text Factsheet

AB 1965 (Wicks)

This bill would create the California Antihunger Response and Employment Training (CARET) program to ensure that CalFresh recipients with ABAWD status do not lose vital food benefits.

Sponsor(s): California Association of Food Banks, Western Center on Law and Poverty

Position: Co-sponsor

Status: Referred to Sen. Appropriations Committee

Bill Text Factsheet

SB 464 (Hurtado)

This bill would provide state-funded nutrition benefits to all Californians ineligible for CalFresh solely due to their immigration status.

Sponsor(s): Nourish California, California Immigrant Policy Center

Position: Support

Status: Referred to Asm. Appropriations Committee

Bill Text Factsheet

AB 1941 (Salas)

This bill would provide SSP recipients with $600 in benefits in any year that the state has a budget surplus, which would almost double the SSP payment.

Sponsor(s):

Position: Support

Status: Held in Asm. Appropriations Committee

Bill Text Factsheet

AB 2153 (Arambula)

This bill would expand the California Fruit and Vegetable Supplemental Benefits program, giving CalFresh recipients extra food benefits to spend on fruits and vegetables at grocery stores and farmers’ markets.

Sponsor(s): Nourish California, SPUR

Position: Support

Status: Held in Asm. Appropriations Committee

Bill Text Factsheet

SB 1304 (Kamlager)

This bill would require that people being released from prison be given $2,589 in a release allowance (current law is $200), with an annual increase subject to inflation.

Sponsor(s):

Position: Support

Status: Referred to Sen. Appropriations Committee

Bill Text Factsheet

SB 1481 (Becker)

This bill would provide free daily meals to children in child care by enabling all child care providers to qualify for the highest level of reimbursements for the meals they serve. 

Sponsor(s): Nourish California

Position: Support

Status: Referred to Asm. Education Committee

Bill Text Factsheet

*This page was last updated on June 29, 2022

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