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.
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.
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