Last Thursday, the Legislature passed the 2019-20 Budget Act in a compromise with Governor Newsom. While the budget made many important investments - and at $214.8 billion is the largest in state history - most food access and anti-hunger priorities were left behind.

We are celebrating the large investments in healthcare, education, safe drinking water, EITC, and ending deep poverty in the CalWORKS program. We are also grateful that the budget reinstated funding for Breakfast After the Bell grants for high-poverty schools with a one-time boost of $500,000.

However, we are deeply disappointed that the Legislature passed over funding critical investments in nutrition, food access, and hunger prevention. While the official budget bill deadline of June 15 will be met, budget trailer bills with policy implementation language can still be voted on throughout the rest of the legislative session. One trailer bill that CFPA advanced in partnership with the Alliance to Transform CalFresh will ensure that the implementation of a single automated state welfare system seeks to minimize the burden of enrollment for low-income people to improve access to CalFresh, Medi-Cal, and CalWORKS.

Budget items that require a 2/3 vote, which include taxes and fees, are also in the queue to be considered. We will be monitoring these as the Legislative session progresses. Stay tuned!

SB 285 (Wiener):  CalFresh Connect

SB 285 (Wiener)  passed through the Senate with unanimous support and will next be heard in the Assembly Human Services Committee, likely on June 18. 

Share your support for SB 285 with the Assembly Human Services Committee!

Submit your letter of support for SB 285 today! 
Please submit a letter  ASAP  to show  your support for improved access to CalFresh within an easy-to-use, integrated social safety net.  Click here to download a sample letter and directions for submission.

Questions?  Contact Jared Call
AB 842 (Limón):  Hunger-Free Pre-K & Child Care

Democratic and Republican Assemblymembers voiced unified support for  AB 842 when it came to the Assembly floor . Thank you for helping to move this important piece of legislation through the Assembly and a special thank you to the California State PTA for coming on as co-sponsors! 

Next, AB 842 heads to the Senate Standing Committee on Education where it will need your continued support. 

Share your support for AB 842 with the Senate Education Committee!  

  1. Please submit an updated letter of support to the Senate Education Committee, chaired by Senator Connie Leyva. Individuals and organizations must submit new letters before June 26 to be counted by the Senate, even if you wrote one when AB 842 was in Assembly.
  1. Call and Tweet your support! Please take a minute to reach out to Senator Connie Leyva, Chair of the Senate Education Committee, to ask for her support of AB 842. 

Questions?  Contact Melissa Cannon
SB 499 (McGuire):  California Grown for Healthy Kids

Last week, the California Legislature approved a multi-billion dollar budget that, unfortunately, did not include any funding for SB 499's California Grown for Healthy Kids Program. We are disappointed, but working closely with the bill author, Senator McGuire, to figure out a path forward this year to continue supporting hunger-free schools -- where breakfast and lunch are free for all students.

We are so appreciative of your support, which has helped SB 499 pass smoothly through the Senate. Stay tuned for updates and action alerts as SB 499 heads into the Assembly Education Committee next month.

Questions?  Contact Elyse Homel Vitale