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
Status: Placed on Appropriations Suspense. Now a two-year bill. In legislature’s budget bill.
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: Ordered to inactive file on request of Senator Wiener. Budget request remains.
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.
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 – 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.
Status: Referred to Committee on Natural Resources. Now a two-year bill.
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: Ordered to inactive file on request of Senator Dodd.
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.
Status: Referred to Senate Governance and Finance Committee