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Hunger Legislation Tracker

Anti-Hunger Bills:

AB 221 (Santiago)

This bill would provide Emergency Food Benefits for immigrants adversely affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic and excluded from federal aid.

Sponsor(s): Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, Western Center on Law and Poverty, California Association of Food Banks

Position: Support

Status: Referred to Committee on Human Services

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SB 364 (Skinner)

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.

Sponsor(s):

Position: Support

Status: Introduced

Bill Text

SB 107 (Wiener)

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

Position: Support

Status: Referred to Committee on Human Services (hearing on March 9th)

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SB 108 (Hurtado)

This bill would declare that it is the established policy of the state that every human being has the right to access sufficient healthy food.

Sponsor(s):

Position: Support

Status: Referred to Committee on Human Services

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AB 396 (Gabriel)

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.

Sponsor(s):

Position: Support

Status: Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Committee on Human Services

Bill Text

AB 368 (Bonta)

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.

Sponsor(s):

Position: Support

Status: Referred to Committee on Health

Bill Text Factsheet

SB 464 (Hurtado)

This bill – Food4All! – would improve food access for immigrant communities by expanding eligibility for the California Food Assistance Program (CFAP).

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

Position: Support

Status: Introduced

Bill Text Factsheet

AB 543 (Davies)

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.

Sponsor(s):

Position: Monitor

Status: Introduced

Bill Text

SB 20 (Dodd)

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

Position: Monitor

Status: Referred to Committee on Education (hearing on March 10th)

Bill Text Factsheet

Food Waste Bills:

SB 240 (Eggman)

This bill would extend the successful Farm to Food Bank Tax Credit until January 1st, 2026.

Sponsor(s): California Association of Food Banks

Position: Support

Status: Referred to Committee on Governance and Finance

Bill Text Factsheet

Anti-Poverty Bills:

SB 276 (Bogh)

This bill would support low-to-moderate income working families who qualify for the CalEITC by authorizing tax payers to choose between their 2019 and 2020 incomes when filing for the credit.

Sponsor(s):

Position: Monitor

Status: Referred to Committee on Governance and Finance

Bill Text Factsheet

*This page was last updated on February 25, 2021

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