Nutrition Action Alert
August 15, 2017
In This Issue

Take Action: CA Anti-Hunger Bills Need You!

CFPA's sponsored bills need your action to make it through the second Appropriations Committee and to a Floor vote- and hopefully onto the Governor's desk! The State Legislature has been on recess, but the following bills will be heard in the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees in August.

Your voice is needed NOW to let the state leaders know that you want to see these important anti-hunger and nutrition bills move forward!  Please consider sending in a letter of support to the Appropriations Committee before August 23, even if you've already sent letters to previous committees.

Don't wait, make your voice heard today!

SB 138 (McGuire) - Count Me In: Expand Access to School Meals,  would create thousands of hunger-free schools by Medi-Cal Direct Certification statewide and call upon very high poverty schools to offer free school meals to all students.  

Send an updated letter of support to Assembly Appropriations.  doc

Click here for sample calls, emails, and tweets in support of SB 138.
Noun Abdelazziz testifies in support of SB 138.

Get inspired!  Watch Noun Abdelazziz, a San Diego youth leader, provide testimony for SB 138 at the Assembly Education Committee hearing.  link

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

AB 164 (Arambula) - California Leads to Meet Food Needs, would allow California Food Assistance to be provided through the CalFresh EBT system if federal SNAP assistance is unavailable or insufficient for California's needs.

Send an updated letter of support to Senate Appropriations.  doc

  Click here for sample calls, emails, and tweets in support of AB 164.
CFPA's Melissa Cannon testifies at the Modesto Farm Bill listening session.

Get inspired!  Watch CFPA's Melissa Cannon testify about the importance of food assistance for her family and other Californians at the August 5th Modesto Farm Bill listening session.

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

See CFPA's 2017 State Legislative Agenda. link

Sign up for CFPA Nutrition Action Alerts. link

Follow us on Twitter @CAFoodPolicy

Contact:  Tracey Patterson at 510.433.122 ext 101
Strong Support for SNAP Voiced at Salinas Farm Bill Listening Session

Support for SNAP was echoed in Salinas during the second of two U.S. House Agriculture Committee Farm Bill listening sessions that took place in California last week. Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) hosted the August 10th listening session at Hartnell College. Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) and Ranking Member Peterson (MN-7) were also in attendance.

Anti-hunger advocates were well-represented in Salinas and provided powerful testimonies to communicate the benefits of SNAP, the program's reach and impact, and its role as an economic driver. Melissa Kendrick, Executive Director of Food Bank for Monterey County was one of several anti-hunger advocates who urged Representatives Panetta, Costa, and Peterson to support SNAP, reminding them, "We could not do this without you."

Read more about the Salinas Farm Bill listening session. link

Stay informed and receive calls to action about the Farm Bill. link

Contact: Melissa Cannon at 510.433.1122 ext 102
State Releases Revised Draft ESSA State Plan

The California Department of Education (CDE) recently released a revised draft of California's Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan. In a memo  [DOC] to the State Board of Education, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson reasserts that the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) should take priority and drive the development of California's State Plan. 

As California works to align and fully implement state (LCFF) and federal (ESSA) education policies, CFPA recommends that the state explore opportunities to more fully integrate health and wellness into its accountability system, the California School Dashboard, and needs assessments.

Read CFPA's recommendations and comments on the prior draft of CA's State Plan.   PDF

Learn more about how districts have supported student nutrition through the LCFF.  link

Contact: Anna Colby at 213.482.8200 ext 204
Alliance to Transform CalFresh Webinar: New Policies Help Seniors Participate and Boost Benefits

On Wednesday, August 8th, the Alliance to Transform CalFresh and California Department of Social Services co-hosted a webinar outlining new CalFresh policies for seniors. The Elderly Simplified Application Project (ESAP) and Standard Medical Deduction (SMD) will be implemented simultaneously beginning October 1, 2017, making it easier for certain seniors and people with disabilities to enroll in, and receive the benefits of, CalFresh. 

View the webinar recording. link

Read more about how ESAP and SMD policies work to increase enrollment and benefits for seniors. link

Learn more about the CalFresh Medical Expense Deduction. PDF

Learn more about efforts to improve CalFresh at  CFPA's CalFresh page.

Contact: Jared Call at 213.482.8200 ext 201
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