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The “Building a Better America” budget plan takes particular aim at programs that serve low-income families, children and seniors—calling for more than $200 billion in cuts to mandatory (entitlement) programs over ten years. The blue print directs at least $10 billion in cuts to the House Agriculture Committee over a decade and contains reconciliation instructions to set up a fast track process to implement deep cuts to SNAP and other core programs that serve low-income communities.

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The tracks and workshops for the 2016 CAFB Conference: Imagine, Feed, Lead are posted and they are everything you could wish for and more. Ranging from practical fundraising tips to the more complex topic of equity in anti-hunger work, there is a session covering every facet of anti-hunger work.

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California Association of Food Banks is a member of Californians for SSI (CA4SSI), a statewide coalition of over 200 organizations across the aging, disability rights, housing and homeless, anti-hunger, and anti-poverty sectors working to restore funds to SSI to pre-recession levels.

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To say 2016 was a productive year for CAFB would be an understatement. We accomplished a lot both through our programs and our advocacy to advance our mission of ending hunger in California. Here's a quick look back:

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The tax check-off program provides much-needed support for California and its residents. When taxpayers check the donate option on the California state income tax form, they have the opportunity to assist charitable causes, such as the Emergency Food for Families Fund. Contributions to this fund go directly to local food banks.

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The 2016 CAFB Annual Member Meeting offered a few departures from years past. In a sunny room in San Leandro, the walls were decorated with images of produce and strands of fruit-inspired balloons.

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Policy advocates can feel a lot like Sisyphus. Much like the mythic character who never pushes the boulder to the top, our task can seem like an endless, arduous uphill battle, and just when you think you’ve made it, you find yourself at the bottom starting all over again.

That’s how it felt for CAFB policy staff and many of our member food banks who have been advocating for two important initiatives over the past several years, and nearly—but not quite—succeeding each legislative session.

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Created out of a desire to offer a dignified shopping environment for those with low income, Redwood Empire Food Bank's Value Market came from humble beginnings. The first step was becoming a WIC authorized vendor, and though the space wasn't much bigger than a phone booth, it allowed moms to make their purchases quickly and save valuable time.

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