Help Protect Food Access for Our Most Vulnerable
Comments needed to stop harmful proposed rule! 
On the same day President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law,  USDA proposed a rule that would impose harsh time limits on many more SNAP/CalFresh participants--blatantly ignoring congress' bipartisan agreement to leave existing rules unchanged.  The proposed rule would eliminate the flexibility states have always had to waive time limits on SNAP in areas with insufficient jobs for low-income workers. 

USDA estimates that under the proposed rule, 755,000 SNAP participants would be newly subject to the time limit , meaning if a  childless adult (aged 18 to 49)  can't find and maintain employment (at least 20 hours/week), they will only be eligible for three months of SNAP benefits over three years.

This proposal is an unwise expansion of a harsh, unfair, and counterproductive policy.


Ripping holes in the national safety net will do nothing to address the root causes of unemployment; rather, it will drive many of the most vulnerable among us deeper into food insecurity and poverty.

Act now to stop this harmful regulation!
No one should be penalized for lack of opportunity.  Here's how you can help stop this proposal from becoming law:
  1. Submit a comment in opposition to the rule. 
    Download customizable template comments 
    here.
    Submit your comments
    here  by April 2nd, 2019.
     
  2. Encourage 2 others to comment. 
    After adding your comment on the rule, encourage at least two people in your network to do the same. Every comment matters!
     
  3. Share this tweet 
    to get the word out!

    Stop the Trump Administration from taking food from 755,000 people. Comments due 4/2! Learn more at https://bit.ly/2RXZlOt and submit comments at http://www.frac.org/timelimitcomments #HandsOffSNAP

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Questions? Contact: Jared Call jared@cfpa.net

 
We all deserve food, dignity, and meaningful opportunities to thrive. It's time to put California values into action. It's time for Californians to unite, as we have before, to fight for policies that improve circumstances for all. It's time to honor promises made - and to honor the promise of all Californians. We can dismantle the racist and classist structures that perpetuate deep inequities in health, education, poverty, and hunger. We can uphold the promise to care for one another.  Together, we can make California hunger free.

CFPA-sponsored legislation is now moving! Here's how you can l earn more, stay informed, and show your support for initiatives that will bring us closer to a hunger-free California.

Read CFPA's 2019 State Legislative Agenda. PDF

Learn more at our 2019 State Legislative Agenda page. link

Track  legislation CFPA is supporting, opposing or monitoring throughout the 2019 session. link

Sign up to receive timely updates and calls to action. link

Questions? Contact Tracey Patterson  tracey@cfpa.net
2019 CalFresh Forum Agenda Now Available
Join Us March 6 in Sacramento!

The 2019 CalFresh Forum event agenda is now available. This year's Forum will feature  a special focus on the upcoming expansion of CalFresh eligibility to SSI recipients and opportunities for administrators and stakeholders to work together to ensure a smooth and successful rollout in summer 2019. 

View the event agenda. PDF

Learn more at the 2019 CalFresh Forum webpage.

And don't forget to cast your votes for the 2019 Freshy Awards! Voting closes this Friday, February 15! 

Learn more about the 2019 nominees. PDF

Cast your votes today! link

Space at the CalFresh Forum is limited, so register early. 
Registration is open until Friday, March 1 at 6:00pm.



Who:    CalFresh administrators, advocates, outreach partners, and stakeholders.

Questions? Contact CalFreshForum@cfpa.net
Registration Open for ENACT Day 2019! 
Join the Movement - April 30th in Sacramento
Join us in Sacramento for ENACT DAY to build momentum for a healthy, equitable California and tell legislators that investing in community health will benefit all Californians!



ENACT Day is a FREE event that brings together Californians from across the state
to learn about health equity in California and develop policy advocacy skills.
  • Learn about policy strategies to improve community health such as food and water access, immigration, housing and homelessness, and criminal justice.
  • Understand the legislative process, how a bill becomes a law and how to conduct a legislative visit.
  • Meet Californians from across the state.
  • Speak directly with California legislators and staff.

Questions? Contact Gabby Tilley  gabby@cfpa.net