California Association of Food Banks Respond to Governor’s January 2023-24 State Budget Proposal
一月 12, 2023
On Tuesday, Governor Newsom released his state proposal for the 2023-24 budget. We are deeply grateful to the Governor for protecting many critical anti-hunger and anti-poverty investments despite the estimated $22.5B state budget deficit.
Given the challenging economic times, it is more important than ever to ensure that low-income Californians are centered in the state budget so that we can continue to build on the tremendous investments that have prevented a full-scale hunger crisis through the depths of the pandemic. Unfortunately, the most recent data shows that one in five Californians is experiencing hunger, with a disproportionate impact experienced in Black and Latinx communities. We thank Governor Newsom for recognizing this reality throughout his Administration.
In February, CalFresh recipients – more than 5 million Californians – will receive their last Emergency Allotment, which has provided a critical boost to their benefits throughout the COVID-19 crisis. In total, this will be an overwhelming $500 million cut to food assistance statewide – per month. Many households, including older adults, will face the unbelievable cliff from $281 a month to just $23. This sunsetting of Emergency Allotments will cause a dramatic and unprecedented benefits cliff, resulting in hunger and hardship across our entire state if we do not act now to prevent this harm. This is only compounded by the skyrocketing cost of food.
As we look to budget negotiations in the weeks and months ahead, we call on Governor Newsom and the Legislature to act boldly and commit to investing in our state’s network of food banks, emergency food providers, and safety net programs as we work together to mitigate hunger.
We are grateful to Governor Newsom for protecting investments in many important anti-hunger and anti-poverty programs:
CAFB will continue to advocate for the critically needed $180M in climate and capacity infrastructure funding for food banks, permanent authorization of the State Disaster Food Assistance Program, and $60M in one-time funding to sustain and expand the distribution of diapers and menstrual products, among many other anti-poverty priorities.
Our full public policy agenda can be found here, and we look forward to working with the Governor and the Legislature to secure these in the final 2023-24 budget act.