Nutrition Action Alert
September 20, 2017
In This Issue
Just Released: School Breakfast and Attendance Policy Brief

CFPA's newest release, School Breakfast: Reducing Chronic Absenteeism & Supporting Student Success policy brief outlines best practices for reaching children with school breakfast and recommendations for policymakers on supporting student nutrition to increase attendance.

Chronic absenteeism--or missing 10 percent or more of school for any reason, excused or unexcused--is an equity issue, disproportionately affecting students of color, low-income students, and other vulnerable student groups. These students often face barriers at school (e.g. unjust discipline practices) or getting to school (e.g. unreliable transportation).

While chronic absenteeism is an indicator of broader challenges in children's lives, schools and districts can take action to improve student attendance. Eating school breakfast increases student attendance by an average of 1.5 days of school per year. Yet, two million low-income California kids are missing out on the benefits of school breakfast! Reaching these kids could result in big attendance gains for the state. And these attendance gains would result in millions of dollars of additional funding that districts could invest back into the classroom.

Read the policy brief.  PDF

Contact: Anna Colby  at 213.482.8200 ext 204
Federal Advocacy Update 
Action Needed! Tell Congress to Oppose Cassidy-Graham ACA Repeal Bill

In a rushed, last-minute effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act and take away health care from millions of Americans in order to fund tax breaks for the wealthy and large corporations, Senators Cassidy (R-Louisiana), Graham (R-South Carolina), Heller (R-Nevada), and Johnson (R-Wisconsin) have introduced an extremely harmful proposal that would:
  • Take away health coverage from millions of low-income Californians by block granting and capping Medicaid funding;
  • Make health care coverage unaffordable for millions of low- and moderate-income Californians by eliminating ACA marketplace subsidies, and;
  • Eliminate protections for consumers with pre-existing conditions.
The cuts would be especially hurtful to California where the state has successfully enrolled millions in health care since ACA implementation. By 2026, the bill would slash over $27 billion from Medi-Cal, which provides health coverage for over 1 in 3 Californians, including the most vulnerable low-income families, children, seniors, and people with disabilities.These households already struggle to meet their basic needs like putting food on the table, and don't have the resources in their budgets to cover the upfront cost of premiums.

Make your voice heard today! 

The Senate has only 10 days to pass this dangerous bill that would leave millions without health care. Even though the bill is in the Senate, your member of the House of Representatives needs to hear from you as well. Call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or click here to find contact information for Senators Feinstein and Harris and your Representative. Call today and t ell them to oppose the Cassidy-Graham proposal and end ACA repeal efforts once and for all! 


Deadline is Tomorrow 9/21 to Submit Farm Bill Comments to Senate Agriculture Committee 

If you were not able to provide comment during the House Agriculture Committee's listening sessions it is not too late to provide recommendations for the next Farm Bill, but you will need to act fast! The Senate Agriculture Committee is accepting comments on the next Farm Bill through tomorrow September 21 at 2pm (PST). The Committee has encouraged submission of written comments through this  online portal.

Download sample comments.  doc

Read CFPA's comments to the Senate Agriculture Committee.  PDF

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Contact: Melissa Cannon at 510.433.1122 ext 102 or Jared Call at 213.482.8200 ext 201
Join CFPA as We Celebrate 25 Years Taking a Bite Out of Hunger!

You are cordially invited to join CFPA's Board, staff, and partners in Los Angeles on October 27 to celebrate our organization's 25th Anniversary! A reception will be held from 4:00pm to 5:30pm at the Japanese American National Museum located at 100 N Alameda St. 90012. Please RSVP to We hope to see you there!

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