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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Media Contact:
Daniela Ogden, California Association of Food Banks
 (510) 350-9919, daniela@cafoodbanks.org

California State Budget Gives Food Banks Eight Million Reasons to Celebrate

Governor Brown and the Legislature Earmark $8 Million for CalFood Program

Oakland – Governor Jerry Brown signed the 2017-18 California State Budget yesterday, and California food bankers are pleased with the $8 million it includes for CalFood, a program that allows food banks to use their collective buying power to purchase California-produced food to feed the hungry. The budget provides $2 million in one-time funds and $6 million ongoing annual support. Because food banks leverage great economies of scale, each dollar appropriated allows them to provide roughly five meals. 

For one in eight Californians, including more than 2 million children, food banks are a critical source of nutrition. Even among CalFresh (food stamp) recipients, one-third rely on groceries from food banks. CalFood strengthens the emergency food network by enabling California food banks to purchase California-grown foods.

“This is a historic day. Never before has a commitment this large been made to end hunger in California,” said Sue Sigler, Executive Director of California Association of Food Banks. “Food bankers and anti-hunger advocates thank the Governor and the Legislature for standing up for our state’s most vulnerable residents.”

CalFood is also a great boon to California’s economy. Funds must be used to purchase and distribute foods grown or produced in California, benefiting the state’s agricultural sector. CalFood funding also increases economic activity by providing food for families in need who can spend dollars on non-food items in their communities.

About California Association of Food Banks

California Association of Food Banks partners with 41 food banks and over 6,000 local agencies. Our mission is to end hunger in California, and our vision is a well-nourished and hunger-free California, where all people have enough food to lead a healthy life. Learn more at www.cafoodbanks.org.