Action Alert:  August 1, 2018
AB 1871 (Bonta): Don't Keep Us in Suspense! 

AB 1871 (Bonta)  will guarantee that low-income students in charter schools have access to at least one free or reduced-price meal each school day -- just like low-income students in all other California public schools. The bill is now sitting in the Senate Appropriations suspense file. We're gearing up to get it out!

What's Next?
On August 17, the Senate Appropriations Committee, chaired by Senator Anthony Portantino, will announce which bills make it off suspense and onto the Senate Floor. The committee will likely make its decisions by August 10. We have until then to make sure AB 1871 lives on!  

Please write, call, and tweet Senator Portantino before 8/10 to show your support for AB 1871. Click here for sample letters, scripts, and tweets.

What Else?
Does your state senator serve on the Appropriations Committee? Call and tweet to ask for their support of AB 1871!
  • Senator Anthony Portantino (916-651-4025, @Portantino)
  • Senator Patricia Bates (916-651-4036, @SenatorPatBates)
  • Senator Jim Beall (916-651-4015, @Jimbealljr)
  • Senator Steven Bradford (916-651-4035, @SteveBradford)
  • Senator Jerry Hill (916-651-4013)
  • Senator Jim Nielsen (916-651-4004, @CASenatorJim)
  • Senator Scott Wiener (916-651-4011, @Scott_Wiener)
Learn More
Find factsheets, data, stories, and more on our AB 1871 page.

Contact: Tia Shimada  at 510.433.1122 x 109

Farm Bill Update: Four CA Representatives Named to Conference Committee

Four California Representatives have been selected to participate in negotiations to reconcile the starkly divergent Farm Bills passed by the Senate and House earlier this summer.  The California Representatives serving on the Conference Committee are:
As negotiations proceed, CFPA and our anti-hunger partners urge Conference committee members to use the Senate bill's SNAP measures as the basis for any final bill and reject the House version's misguided and harmful provisions

Actions You Can Take  
1) Contact your Representative, especially if they are on the Conference Committee, and tell them  to protect and strengthen SNAP and reject any proposals that would cut or weaken this vital program in the final Farm Bill conference report. 

You can contact your Representative by calling the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224- 3121.

2) Read the  letter to farm bill Conference Committee Leadership from CFPA, the California Association of Food Banks, and Western Center on Law & Poverty calling on our California conferees. If you would like to sign on to the letter, email Jared Call at with your organization's logo.

Farm Bill Advocacy Resources
Read about the negative SNAP proposals in the House bill and how they would impact vulnerable Californians by visiting CFPA's Farm Bill webpage  .

SNAP (known in CA as CalFresh) helps alleviate hunger and poverty in every California congressional district. Learn more about the importance of protecting and strengthening CalFresh in the Farm Bill by viewing and sharing  CFPA's Farm Bill and CalFresh Congressional District Fact Sheets.

Stay up to date on the Farm Bill and receive timely calls to action by signing up for our Federal Advocacy/Farm Bill email alerts .

Contact: Jared Call   at 213.482.8200 ext 201
New Policy Brief: What's Next For Drinking Water Access in California Public Schools?

Children spend substantial time in schools, and many arrive at school inadequately hydrated. Excellent access to drinking water in schools encourages the consumption of drinking water over sugar-sweetened beverages, which offers a host of benefits, including physical health and mental function.

CFPA's newly released policy brief, What's Next For Drinking Water Access in California Public Schools?, presents findings from an evaluation of drinking water access in schools before and after implementation of SB 1413 and the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, and proposes three policy recommendations to continue building on California's historical leadership and make drinking water accessible and safe in our schools.

Read more, and access the full report here. link

Contact: Jared Call at 213.482.8200 ext 201
New Report Finds California Cities Among the Nation's Most at Risk of Hunger

Today, the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), released a new report, How Hungry is America? showing that the national rate of "food hardship" for all households increased from 15.1 percent in 2016 to 15.7 percent in 2017. 

Also among the report's findings:
  • The food hardship rate for households with children rose to a considerably higher level, from 17.5 percent in 2016 to 18.4 percent in 2017. Nationally, the food hardship rate for households with children is 1.3 times higher than for households without children.
  • California is home to two of the hungriest cities in America, Bakersfield and Fresno, which ranked #1 and #3, respectively, among the top 20 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) represented. 
FRAC President Jim Weill highlighted the need for a strong SNAP program, the nation's first line of defense against hunger, to support low-income Americans who are still struggling to make ends meet and put food on the table. 

"The high rates of food hardship underscore the need for Congress to pass a Farm Bill that protects and strengthens SNAP," added Weill. "Otherwise, we will see worse health and hunger for struggling children, seniors, working families, and others across the country," said Weill.

Show your support for a strong SNAP program by contacting your member of Congress and telling them to protect and strengthen SNAP in the Farm Bill, the federal budget, and any legislation.

You can contact your Representative by calling the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224- 3121 .

Contact: Jared Call   at 213.482.8200 ext 201

Take Our 2019 Policy Development Survey: What Change Do You Want to See? 

Share Your Thoughts
CFPA is committed to fighting hunger, poor nutrition, and their root causes. We cannot do this work without you. 

Each year, we ask individuals and organizations across California, "What change do you want to see?" Please help us understand the challenges and successes affecting you and your community. Your input will help shape our priorities for 2019. Together, we can advance change to improve the lives of struggling Californians.

This year's survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. Share your thoughts and enter to win a $100 gift card!

Help Spread the Word
Millions of Californians are struggling to get by and countless Californians are working to make things better. We want to hear from as many as we can. Please help us share the survey far and wide.

Your Input In Action
Want to see how input from last year's survey shaped CFPA's priorities for 2018? Take a look at our current  federalstate legislativestate administrative, and  policy research agendas.

Contact: Tia Shimada  at 510.433.1122 ext 109