Secured $180M one-time for CalFood over three years, enabling food banks to purchase California-grown foods to distribute across their communities.
Achieved more than $300M in new investments to fully implement and ensure free school meals for all children and co-sponsored SB 348 (Skinner), which was signed by the Governor and requires California to fully maximize Summer EBT, codifies new federal school meal nutrition guidelines, and requires the state to propose recommendations to allow adequate time to eat school meals.
Achieved $15M in the 2023 Budget Act for a CalFresh Minimum Nutrition Benefit Pilot to improve benefit adequacy for CalFresh households.
Passed AB 712 (W. Carrillo) requiring CDSS to seek all available federal waivers to allow CalFresh recipients to use their benefits to purchase hot and prepared foods at the grocery store
Advocated to secure an 8.6% SSI/SSP grant increase effective January 2024 for Supplemental Security Income Recipients.