Nutrition Action Alert 
January 10, 2017
In This Issue

2017 CalFresh Forum 
Event  Program Now Available 

The 2017 CalFresh Forum event program is now available. This year's event will feature plenaries and panels led by speakers with varied and extensive CalFresh/SNAP policy and programmatic expertise. 

Presentation topics will include innovative strategies to increase participation, upcoming state legislation, the return of the three-month time limit for unemployed adults without children, food insecurity screening in health care, and the importance of ensuring equitable access for all.

In addition to the program speakers, the annual "Freshy" awards will be presented in acknowledgment of individual Californians, as well as organizations, from across the state that have worked diligently in the last year to improve CalFresh.

View the CalFresh Forum program. PDF

For more information, visit the CalFresh Forum page. link

Cast your vote for the 2017 Freshy Awards.  link

Learn more about the 2017 Freshy Award Nominees.  PDF

Join CFPA in commenting on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
Sign-ons Due Today, January 10!

The California Department of Education (CDE) is currently seeking feedback on their draft plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Several policy and funding provisions in ESSA support student wellness and can be leveraged to help meet students' nutritional needs. However, California's current plan misses a tremendous opportunity to more fully integrate nutrition into education policy and practice. Addressed to our education decision makers in Sacramento, this sign-on letter urges CDE and the State Board of Education to use ESSA to help more students access the academic and health benefits of school nutrition programs. 

To sign on to the letter please email with your organization's name by COB January 10th.

Contact: Melissa Cannon | 510.433.1122 ext 102
Reminder: Grants to Expand School Breakfast Webinar January 12

On January 16, 2017, the California Department of Education will kick off a grant application process for new school breakfast funds. These competitive grants are open to all applicants and will prioritize high-poverty schools implementing or expanding after-the-bell breakfast.

Find out how you can access these important grant funds! Join us for two upcoming webinars.
  • Learn about key dates and critical steps for the grant application process
  • Get suggestions about writing a successful grant application
  • Hear about the challenges and successes of implementing after-the-bell breakfast with grant funds
  • Have your questions answered by the staff who will review and score the grant applications
The webinars will be hosted by California Food Policy Advocates and will feature:
  • Stephanie Bruce, Nutrition Services Director, Palm Springs Unified School District
  • The California Department of Education - Nutrition Services Division
Register now!
  • January 12, 2017 at 2pm - registration link
  • February 9, 2017 at 2pm - registration coming soon
Read an overview of the grants.  PDF

Contact:  Tia Shimada  | 510.433.1122 ext 109
Main Office | 1970 Broadway, Suite 760 | Oakland, CA 94612 | 510.433.1122
Los Angeles | 205 S. Broadway, Suite 402 | Los Angeles, CA 90012 | 213.482.8200