The California Association of Food Banks undertakes a robust state-wide policy agenda to support our 41-member food banks as well as advocates for policies that enhance our food systems and nutrition safety net.
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2020 State Policy & Budget Agenda
Emergency Food Disaster Resilience: $32 million one-time (Factsheet)
Disasters are the new normal across the state, and immigrants, farm workers, and other low-income Californians experience disproportionate consequences. Whether fires or earthquakes, or man-made crises like the 2019 federal shutdown and public safety power shutoffs, food banks are on the frontlines responding to the need of food, and remianing long after disaster strikes struggling to keep California healthy and well-fed.
End Poverty and Food Insecurity in SSI/SSP (Factsheet)
End great recession era cuts to SSP: Since 2009, state budget cuts have forced poverty and hardship on the 1.2 million Californians who rely on SSI/SSP for basic needs. We must raise SSP grants and immediately restore the Cost of Living adjustment. Fulfill the promise of CalFresh expansion to SSI recipients: the 2018-19 budget ended the 45-year exclusion from CalFresh for SSI/SSP recipients, and funded the Supplemental & Transitional Nutrition Benefits. But this work is incomplete.
- New data report - The SSI/SSP Grant: A Critical Support for Older Women and People of Color in California Left Behind by the Labor Market and State Policy (by California Budget and Policy Center with support from California Association of Food Banks, February 2020)
CalFresh is California's name for the Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP). It is a vital program that provides crucial nutrition benefits to more than 4M Californians. For every meal that food banks provide, CalFresh provides nine.
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