Nutrition Action Alert
August 9, 2017
In This Issue
Make Your Voice Heard: Farm Bill Listening Session August 10th in Salinas

This Thursday, August 10th, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) will host a Farm Bill listening session in Salinas, California.  The event is designed to allow anti-hunger advocates, growers, shippers, farmworkers, and anyone with a stake in food and nutrition to share their priorities for the 2018 Farm Bill with key members of the House Agriculture Committee.  Representative Panetta and Representative Costa (CA-16) will be joined by Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson (MN-7). We urge all stakeholders and anti-hunger partners to attend if possible to voice support for the federal nutrition programs, including SNAP/CalFresh.   Following last Saturday's listening session in Modesto , this is another important opportunity to help inform key decision-makers about the programs' positive impact on the lives of millions of low-income Californians. 

Seating will be first come, first served to anyone who would like to attend. The event is being held at Hartnell Community College in Steinbeck Hall located at 411 Central Ave. Salinas, CA 93901 from 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM . We encourage you to show up and make your voice heard!
_____________________________________________________________

At the August 5th Listening Session in Modesto, anti-hunger advocates from across California voiced strong support for SNAP during a listening session hosted by U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway (TX-11) and Congressman Jeff Denham (CA-10). Congressmen David Valadao (CA-21), Doug LaMalfa (CA-1), and Dwight Evans (PA-2) were also in attendance. You can view video from the listening session below.

Lester Patrick, Housing Commissioner for San Joaquin County, comments in support of SNAP at the Modesto Farm Bill Listening Session

Thank you to our partners and fellow advocates who showed up to voice support for SNAP and other nutrition programs funded through the Farm Bill. We had a strong presence and SNAP was a large component of the comments shared.  We are grateful to all of the constituents who made it out on Saturday from the Central Valley, including members of the San Joaquin Hunger Task Force and the multiple anti-hunger and food banking partners who provided comments. 

View the full video of the Modesto Listening Session,   "The Next Farm Bill, Conversations in the Field."

Stay tuned for additional opportunities to show your support!  Sign-up to receive Farm Bill and Federal Advocacy updates.  link

Contact: Melissa Cannon at 510.433.122 ext 102
CFPA Welcomes Kevin Lee, Nutrition Policy Advocate!

We are pleased to announce that Kevin Lee has joined the CFPA team as a Nutrition Policy Advocate based in our Los Angeles office. Kevin works to promote high-quality water access in California school districts, improved nutrition in early child care, and collaborations at the intersection of immigration and food justice. 

Prior to CFPA, Kevin did organizing and advocacy work with undocumented youth in Los Angeles and Chicago. He has provided research support for social work and public health projects at the University of Chicago, and his work has been published with the Migration Policy Institute. Kevin received his MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago.

Kevin can be reached at 213.482.1122 ext. 202 or kevin@cfpa.net 
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