Nutrition Action Alert 
February 9, 2017
In This Issue

CFPA's sponsored bills will be heard in their first policy committee hearings in March. Your support is needed to move these important policies through the legislature!
SB 138 (McGuire) - Count Me In For School Meals

SB 138 (McGuire) will expand Medi-Cal direct certification for school meals statewide, and ensure that children in very-high poverty schools have optimal access to school meals. SB 138 would improve school districts' ability to identify low-income students, reduce child hunger, and support student success with nutritious school meals.

How you can help: 
Please use this sample letter or write your own letter in support of SB 138 to improve California's ability to enroll low-income children into school meal programs and increase access to school nutrition.  doc

SB 138 will be heard in Senate Education in March, exact date TBD.

To learn more, visit  CFPA's SB 138 page.

Learn more about Medi-Cal Direct Certification and Universal Meal Provisions.  link

Sign-up to receive SB 138 legislative updates.  link

Contact:  Elyse Homel Vitale at 510.433.1122 ext. 206
AB 164 (Arambula) - California Leads to Meet Food Needs

AB 164 (Arambula) will create flexibility for California Food Assistance to be provided through the CalFresh EBT system. Now is the time for California to be proactive. AB 164 would enable the State to respond to emergencies with food aid; to provide supplemental benefits that address health disparities; or to react to harmful changes in federal SNAP eligibility.

How you can help: 
Please use this sample letter or write your own letter in support of AB 164 and improving California's ability to effectively respond to food insecurity and hunger.  doc

AB 164 will be heard in Assembly Human Services in March, exact date TBD.

To learn more, visit  CFPA's AB 164 page.

Sign-up to receive AB 164 legislative updates.  link

Contact:  Tracey Patterson at 510.433.1122 ext. 101
Take Our Online Survey About WIC and CalFresh and Be Entered to Win a $100 Gift Card

Do you work with low-income parents and young children? Are you a family who participates or used to participate in WIC and/or CalFresh? If yes, we want to hear from you! 

CFPA  is conducting an online and telephone survey to learn more about the food and nutrition needs of pregnant women and families with children under the age of 5.  Responses will inform CFPA's future advocacy toward improving access to WIC and CalFresh.  We will be collecting responses until 5pm on Saturday, February 18th.

Survey respondents will be entered into a $100 raffle! Please share our survey widely with your network, clients, families, and friends.

Survey Materials
  • Take the survey online: link 
  • Access the paper survey: Spanish: PDF | English: PDF
  • Share our flyers: PDF 1 | PDF 2
Share our survey via social media using the following tweet:  
  • Are you a parent w/ a child under the age of 5 take @CAFoodPolicy 5 minute survey:
Contact:  Hector Gutierrez  | 213.482.8200 ext 202
Grants to Expand School Breakfast
Register Now and Join Today's Webinar from 2-3pm

New funds are now available -- are you prepared to apply? On January 16, 2017, the California Department of Education kicked off the 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 a webinar today, February 9, 2017, from 2-3pm. 
  • 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 webinar 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
Read an overview of the grants.  PDF

Contact:  Tia Shimada  | 510.433.1122 ext 109
CFPA 2017 Summer Fellowship Announcement

CFPA is now accepting applications for the summer 2017 Sarah Samuels Public Health Policy fellowship! This opportunity is open to graduate students in public health or public policy. The application deadline is March 3, 2017. Please see the 2017 Fellowship Announcement for details.  PDF

Long-time board member, Sarah Samuels, left an indelible mark on California Food Policy Advocates (CFPA). Sarah was a leader in conducting and applying research to shape sound nutrition policies. She was also a supportive mentor of new public health professionals. To honor these contributions and to continue her work, CFPA has established the Sarah Samuels Public Health Fellowship.

Contact:  Tracey Patterson  | 510.433.1122 ext 101
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