Nutrition Action Alert
June 18, 2014
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Budget Update 

On Sunday, June 15, the California Legislature passed its 2014-15 budget package, including the budget bill and companion "trailer bills." The budget package reflects negotiations between the Governor and the Legislature, adoption of the Governor's more conservative revenue estimates, and a few additional investments in programs and services for California's poorest residents. The budget package maintains the Governor's identified priorities of paying down state debt and setting aside a rainy day fund.

 

CFPA maintains that as state revenues increase, current and future budgets should focus not just on shrewd savings and debt repayment, but also on investments in vital public programs that help struggling Californians get back on their feet. While this budget package takes steps in the right direction, CFPA continues to urge the Governor and the Legislature to do more to reduce the number of Californians living in poverty and experiencing food insecurity.

 

Read CFPA's full budget analysis. link 

 

Questions? Contact Alexis Fern´┐Żndez at 510.433.1122 ext. 111

AB 2449 Needs Immediate Support in the Senate!

AB 2449 (Bocanegra), Adequate Time to Eat: Lunchtime Supports Learning, will be heard in the Senate Education Committee on June 25. A few amendments have been taken to address implementation concerns. As AB 2449 heads to the Senate Education Committee with these new amendments, they will not be accepting any previous letters of support as evidence of support. New letters must reach the author's office by noon TODAY, Wed. June 18!

 

To ensure your support for AB 2449 is recorded in the Senate, please re-submit a letter of support that reflects the June 19 publication date of the new amendments.

 

Download the updated template support letter. doc

Read the AB 2449 amendments, as submitted. doc 

Learn more about AB 2449. link

 

Questions? Contact Tracey Patterson at 510.433.1122 ext. 101

Deadline Extended: Apply for the Community Eligibility Provision

School districts now have until August 31, 2014 to apply for the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). Encourage your school district to consider this opportunity. CEP enables high-poverty schools to offer breakfast and lunch free of charge to all students.

 

Read USDA's announcement about the extension. PDF 

Learn more about CEP. link 

 

Questions? Contact Tia Shimada at 510.433.1122 ext. 209

Breakfast Expansion Grants Still Available!

Need money to improve your school breakfast program? Action for Healthy Kids extended the application deadline for California schools seeking money to increase participation in their school breakfast program. The new deadline is June 30th.

 

Action for Healthy Kids Breakfast Expansion Grant application. link

 

Questions? Contact Nicola (Nikki) Edwards at 213.482.8200 ext. 204

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