Nutrition Action Alert January 17, 2018
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January 17, 2018
New Publication: Support Working Families with After School Meals

After school programs help working families  meet their basic need-such as providing healthy foods and a safe place for their children to learn and be active after school-while parents may still be at work. 

Read CFPA's latest release on supporting working families with after school programs and meals. PDF 

The brief includes:
  • Opportunities to support more working families with after school programs and meals 
  • A success story from Los Angeles Unified School District 
  • The most current data on access to after school meals for low-income students in California 












Contact: Anna Colby at 213.482.8200 ext 204 
Reminder: Register today for Grants to Expand School Breakfast Webinars

This Thursday January 18th, the California Department of Education will kick off the second year of the grant application process for new school breakfast funds with an educational webinar. These competitive grants are open to all applicants and will prioritize schools implementing or expanding after-the-bell breakfast.

Find out how you can access these important grant funds!
Join us for two upcoming webinars.
  • Learn about key dates and critical steps for the grant application process
  • Get suggestions about writing a successful grant application
  • Hear about the challenges and successes of implementing after-the-bell breakfast with grant funds
  • Have your questions answered by the staff who will review and score the grant applications
The webinars will be hosted by California Food Policy Advocates and will feature:
  • Jennifer LeBarre, School Nutrition Specialist, Oakland Unified School District / Zetta Reicker, Oakland Unified School District
  • The California Department of Education - Nutrition Services Division
Two Dates Available: Register now!
  • January 18, 2018 at 2pm - registration link
  • February 15, 2018 at 10am - registration link
Read an overview of the grants.  PDF

Contact: Anna Colby at 213.482.8200 ext 204
Federal Action: Share your SNAP Resolution with California Association of Food Banks

A New Year shout-out to our friends at the California Association of Food Banks (CAFB) for creating the SNAP New Years Resolution Campaign!  In response to current federal proposals from the administration and Congress, including the recently passed tax bill, CAFB has launched a New Year's Resolution Campaign to recommit to protecting SNAP. Throughout January, they are asking advocates, food banks and elected officials to join in sharing their SNAP New Year's Resolution for 2018.

This month is a great opportunity to approach stakeholders like your mayor, city council member, and your member of Congress. CAFB is also encouraging organizations to create a resolution-making table in your office or workspace where people can write down a resolution and take a picture for you to post on your organization's social media accounts.

Learn more about the SNAP New Years Resolution Campaign. link

Want to participate?

Click here to check out CAFB's fantastic suite of materials and share your own SNAP New Year's Resolution on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact: Rachel Tucker at California Association of Food Banks
2018 Freshy Award Nomination Period Extended! Nominate a CalFresh Champion Today!


Don't wait! The Freshy Award nomination process will close on January 19, 2018 at 6pm.

Each year, CFPA recognizes "Freshy Award" winners in acknowledgment of individual Californians, as well as organizations, from across the state that have worked diligently in the last year to improve CalFresh. The winners are announced and recognized at the annual CalFresh Forum. 

Learn more about the  2017 Freshy Award nominees .  

CFPA is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Freshy Awards! The Freshy Award categories were established to encourage nominations across a number of CalFresh oriented professions, including advocates, administrators, elected officials, and more. We are collecting information about each nominee in order to develop a voting ballot that will be distributed in January 2018. 

Freshy Award categories: 
* Administrator of the Year
* Outreach Leader of the Year
* Advocate or Grassroots Mobilizer of the Year
* Elected Official or Capitol Staffer of the Year

In addition, CFPA recognizes the small, medium and large counties with the highest, and most improved, Program Access Index (PAI). 
If you have questions about the 2018 Freshy Awards, please contact CalFreshForum@cfpa.net.
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