Nutrition Action Alert
April 18, 2017
In This Issue
SB 782 (Skinner) Passes Senate Ag with Unanimous Support!
Photo courtesy of The Center for Ecoliteracy

This morning, SB 782 (Skinner) passed out of the Senate Agriculture Committee with unanimous, bipartisan support! SB 782 would establish the California Grown Fresh School Meals Grant Program, to be administered by the Department of Food and Agriculture to incentivize school districts to use more fresh, California-grown ingredients.

CFPA is proud to be co-sponsoring SB 782 with our partners at NextGen California, as it is not only an investment in our students, but also in our agriculture industry.

SB 782 will need your continued support as it moves to the Senate Committee on Education on April 26. If you have already sent in a letter of support thank you! If not, it is not too late. Letters of support can be sent in by COB Wednesday, April 19th to the Senate Committee on Education.

SB 782 Sample Letter of Support doc

SB 782 Fact Sheet PDF

To learn more, visit CFPA's SB 782 page.

Sign-up to receive SB 782 legislative updates. link

 Melissa Cannon at  510.433.1122 ext 102
Alliance to Transform CalFresh Highlights Importance of Connecting Nutrition and Health

Today, the Alliance to Transform CalFresh published a blog post highlighting recent state and county efforts to improve dual enrollment between Medi-Cal and CalFresh. Leveraging the successes of ACA implementation and increased Medi-Cal enrollment present the greatest opportunity to boost California's CalFresh participation rates, reduce hunger, and improve health.

In addition to updates on current state and county projects, the post provides helpful data and tools for advocates and a one-pager explaining Why Now is the Time to act to increase dual enrollment in California.

Read the blog post. link

Read the one-pager. PDF

Contact: Jared Call  at 213.482.8200 ext 201
CDE Accepting Applications for LCSSP Grant

The California Learning Communities for School Success Program (LCSSP) is a three year grant open to Local Education Agencies (LEAs), which provides funding for programs and practices aimed at keeping the state's most vulnerable pupils in school. Proposed grant activities must complement and enhance actions identified in an LEA's Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).

We encourage school districts to consider applying for funds to help more students have access to the nutrition they need to show up to school, concentrate, and to be fully ready to learn. Strategies may include:
  • Connecting children and their families to nutrition assistance programs, such as CalFresh and WIC
Letter of Intent Due Date: April 21, 2017

Application Due Date: May 10, 2017

Read more about this grant opportunity. link

Contact:  Anna Colby at  213.482.8200 ext 204
Honoring A School Food Champion: Dana Woldow 

An extraordinary advocate for school food has passed away.  Dana Woldow was persistent and passionate in her efforts to improve school food in San Francisco.  Over the years we have had the pleasure of working with Dana to increase school breakfast participation, remove competitive foods, and reduce the stigmatization and identification of low-income students.  She will be missed. You can read more about Dana's life and work here
CFPA is Hiring 

CFPA is actively working to build a talented and diverse team. We have an opening in Southern California (Bakersfield, Riverside, Los Angeles, or San Diego). You can find the job description here and on our  Career Opportunities page.

All applicants must complete this  short survey . No exceptions.

In addition, applicants must send a cover letter and resume to .

Underrepresented individuals and those with a personal connection to our mission are encouraged to apply. All applicants are given careful consideration. The position is open until filled.

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