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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 Senate Appropriations Committee

Bill Text Factsheet

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): California Association of Food Banks, Center for Ecoliteracy, Common Sense Media, NextGen California, Office of Kat Taylor

Position: Support

Status: Placed on Appropriations Suspense. Now a two-year bill. In legislature’s budget bill.

Bill Text Factsheet #SchoolMealsForAll Coalition Budget Letter 6/4

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: Ordered to inactive file on request of Senator Wiener. Budget request remains.

Bill Text Factsheet

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:

Status: Referred to Assembly Human Services Committee

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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 Senate Education Committee

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 Appropriations Committee

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: Will be heard in Assembly Human Services Committee 6/30

Bill Text Factsheet

AB 125 (Rivas)

This bill – the Equitable Economic Recovery, Healthy Food Access, Climate Resilient Farms, and Worker Protection Bond Act of 2022 – would fund investments toward a more healthy, just, resilient and ecological food and farm system.

Sponsor(s):

Position: Support

Status: Referred to Committee on Natural Resources. Now a two-year bill.

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: Ordered to inactive file on request of Senator Dodd.

Bill Text Factsheet

AB 508 (Rivas, Gonzalez)

This bill – Free School Lunch for All Low-Income Students – would require the state to cover the 40-cent copayment for reduced-price lunch on behalf of working families.

Sponsor(s): American Diabetes Association

Position: Support

Status: Referred to Committee on Education

Bill Text Factsheet

AB 1326 (Arambula)

This bill would require county human services agencies to designate a staff liaison for higher education for community colleges to improve coordination and outcomes for students.

Sponsor(s):

Position: Support

Status: Referred to Senate Human Services and Education Committees

Bill Text

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: Ordered to inactive file on request of Senator Eggman. Budget request remains.

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: Held in Suspense

Bill Text Factsheet

SB 17 (Pan)

This bill would establish the statewide Office of Racial Equity and the Racial Equity Advisory and Accountability Council.

Sponsor(s):

Position: Support

Status: Referred to Assembly Accountability And Administrative Review Committee

Bill Text

AB 1515 (Santiago)

This bill would This bill would establish the Earned Income Tax Credit Outreach and Education and Free Tax Assistance Grant Program. It would require the Franchise Tax Board to allocate grants to qualified nonprofit community-based organizations or local government agencies to increase the number of eligible households claiming the state and federal Earned Income Tax Credit, the Golden State Stimulus, the Young Child Tax Credit, and to increase awareness of ITIN tax status eligibility.

Sponsor(s):

Position: Support

Status: Referred to Senate Governance and Finance Committee

Bill Text

SB 691 (Rubio)

This bill would increase the earned income tax credit available to eligible individuals using a federal individual taxpayer identification number.

Sponsor(s):

Position: Support

Status: Held in Suspense

Bill Text

*This page was last updated on June 24th, 2021

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