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Public Policy

We are committed to advocating for pro-food banks and anti-hunger policies at the federal, state, and local levels.

Fighting hunger is not only about providing emergency food to people in need — it also means taking action to address the root causes of hunger, including poverty and systemic racism.

Hunger is pervasive throughout California — made much worse by the COVID-19 pandemic — but it is also preventable. Through our public policy work we seek to provide necessary resources to food banks, enhance the nutrition safety net, and create equitable access to food for all Californians.

California’s food banks were among the first in the nation to include policy and advocacy work as a core part of their anti-hunger efforts. We assist our member food banks by providing venues to communicate with policymakers.

Our public policy work is concentrated on these key focus areas:

  • Food bank support
  • Disaster resilience
  • Child nutrition
  • CalFresh / SNAP
  • Food waste
  • Poverty

State Policy

Together with our food banks and with our policy and legislative partners we work to pass state bills and secure state funding that will help to end hunger and alleviate poverty in California. You can stay up to date with active state legislation on our State Legislation Tracker.

CAFB’s state budget priorities for 2024-2025 include:

2024 State Policy Agenda

Federal Policy

Together, with our food banks and with our national allies such as Food Research & Action Center and Feeding America, we work to influence federal legislation such as the Farm Bill that impact food banks and rates of hunger throughout California. Find our anti-hunger factsheets for each of California’s 52 congressional districts and for the entire state.

2024 Federal Policy Agenda
2024 Child Nutrition Agenda
2024 Farm Bill

Recent Policy Successes (2024)

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