Nutrition Action Alert
April 26, 2017
In This Issue
AB 164 (Arambula) Passes Assembly Human Services Unanimously! 

AB 164 (Arambula) passed out of Assembly Human Services Committee with unanimous, bipartisan support! AB 164 would create a pathway to provide state CalFresh food assistance when federal assistance is unavailable or inadequate. AB 164 provides another tool in the toolbox to fight hunger, promote health and mitigate poverty.

A big thank you to Assemblymember Arambula for being a great champion of this effort to improve the state's ability to respond to residents in need. We are grateful to all our community partners those who provided support, including the powerful testimony from Ashley Harrington with Jewish Family Services-San Diego at the committee hearing.

There is a great deal of instability in federal policy right now, and we cannot predict how this will affect California's most vulnerable residents. AB 164 provides a way to be proactive, and improve the CalFresh system's ability to step up in times of need, now and in the future. Learn more here.

AB 164 will need your continued support as it moves through the Assembly. Stay tuned for calls to action!

To access bill fact sheets and bill text, visit CFPA's AB 164 page .

Sign-up to receive AB 164 legislative updates. link

Contact:  Tracey Patterson at  510.433.1122 ext 101
SB 782 (Skinner) Moves Forward to Senate Appropriations!

Today, SB 782 (Skinner)  passed the Senate Education Committee and will move on to the Senate Committee on Appropriations. SB 782 would establish a grant program to incentivize public schools to serve more California-grown food in freshly prepared school meals.

We will be working with our co-sponsors, partners, and key stakeholders to further refine and strengthen the bill. There will be additional opportunities to support SB 782, stay tuned!

We want to express our sincere gratitude to supporters of SB 782, including those who submitted letters of support and to those who made it to today's hearing. Organizations spanning representation from education to agriculture and health to anti-hunger came together to encourage the state to incentivize school districts to buy fresh, California-grown ingredients.

Read the Senate Floor Analysis. link  

SB 782 Fact Sheet   PDF

To learn more, visit  CFPA's SB 782 page .

Sign-up to receive SB 782 legislative updates.  link

Contact:  Melissa Cannon at  510.433.1122 ext 102
Action Needed Today! Tell Congress to Oppose New GOP Health Care Bill

House Republicans are meeting today to discuss a new amendment to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) which would further weaken patient protections while maintaining the bill's massive cuts to Medicaid, including ending Medicaid's entitlement structure through per-capita caps. Despite the Republican efforts to brand the bill as a "compromise" it is simply more of the same damaging proposals, which would tear away health coverage from an estimated 24 million mostly low-income and elderly people over the next 10 years. It would cause drastic harm to Californians, particularly those who already struggle to put food on the table and don't have the resources in their budgets to cover the upfront cost of premiums.

We are asking for your help again. We won this fight last time and need to act now to make our voices heard. Tell Congress to stand up for those who need a helping hand and reject this harmful proposal that would deepen poverty and hunger among millions of vulnerable Californians.


The bill could move to the House Floor for a vote as soon as this Friday, so now is the time to act.  Call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or go to to contact your Representative and to express your opposition to this latest GOP attack on health care for low-income Americans. 

The following California House Republicans have stated that they are still undecided or have concerns about the impact of the bill on their constituents. Take a few minutes today to call their DC or district office, especially if you live in their district.  Tell them to oppose the GOP health care plan, which would dramatically worsen health, hunger, and poverty in California.
  • DC office (202) 225-5861
  • Apple Valley district office (760) 247-1815
  • Yucaipa district office (909) 797-4900
  • DC office (202) 225-4695
  • Hanford district office (559) 582-5526
  • Bakersfield district office (661) 864-7736
  • DC office (202) 225-1956
  • Antelope Valley district office (661) 441-0320
  • Santa Clarita Valley district office (661) 255-5630
  • Simi Valley district office (805) 581-7130
  • DC Office (202) 225-4111
  • Brea District Office (714) 255-0101
  • Los Angeles County District Office (626) 964-5123
  • DC office (202) 225-3906
  • Vista district office (760) 599.5000
  • Dana Point district office (949) 281-2449
Stay tuned for further calls to action as  the bill may move to the House Floor for a vote as early as this Friday, April 28.

Contact: Jared Call at 213.482.8200 ext 201
CFPA is Hiring 

CFPA is actively working to build a talented and diverse team. We have an opening in Southern California (Bakersfield, Riverside, Los Angeles, or San Diego). You can find the job description here and on our  Career Opportunities page.

All applicants must complete this  short survey . No exceptions.

In addition, applicants must send a cover letter and resume to .

Underrepresented individuals and those with a personal connection to our mission are encouraged to apply. All applicants are given careful consideration. The position is open until filled.

Contact:  Email
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