This bill – the End Child Hunger Act of 2021 – would do two things to end childhood hunger in California: (1) establish the California Universal School Meal Program that will allow free breakfast and lunches to all children, and (2) establish the Better Out of School Time (BOOST) Nutrition Program to prevent child hunger during school breaks or campus closures.
This bill – CalFresh: Simple for Seniors – would simplify the CalFresh application and renewal process for seniors and people with disabilities, by creating a simplified 2-page application for this population, and by ensuring that all applicants and participants can “sign” required forms over the phone.
Sponsor(s): Nourish California, SF-Marin Food Bank, AARP, California Association of Food Banks
Status: Referred to Committee on Human Services (hearing on March 9th)
This bill would expand access for thousands of students to CalFresh benefits by increasing the number of higher education programs that apply and certify under one of the CalFresh student exceptions—namely, the employment and training program exception.
Status: Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Committee on Human Services
This bill would address racial and ethnic health disparities, combat chronic disease, and reduce health care costs as well as nutrition and food insecurity among Medi-Cal beneficiaries by establishing a two-year, food prescription pilot in partnership with the health plans in three counties, including the County of Alameda.
This bill would require the Trustees of the California State University, and request the Regents of the University of California, to provide information about CalFresh to incoming students as part of campus orientation.
This bill would secure CalFresh benefits for an estimated 100,000 community college students who can qualify for CalFresh by meeting certain exemptions from the SNAP student rule in federal law, if they are otherwise eligible.
Sponsor(s): Coalition of California Welfare Rights Organization, University of California Student Association
Status: Referred to Committee on Education (hearing on March 10th)