Nutrition Action Alert April 2, 2018

Help Fight Hunger in California: Submit Your Letter of Support Today!

CFPA's 2018 State Legislative Agenda is advancing, and bills are headed to committee hearings next week. Below you will find information on how you can show your support for state legislation that will help fight hunger and improve nutrition for Californians struggling to put healthy food on the table.

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Contact: Tracey Patterson  at 510.433.1122 ext 101

SB 900 (Wiener & Arambula): Double the 'Fresh' in CalFresh  Letters Due Tomorrow! 

SB 900 (Wiener & Arambula), the  California Fruit and Vegetable EBT Pilot Project bill, will be heard in the Senate Human Services Committee on April 10. Show your support for making healthy food more affordable - submit a letter of support for SB 900 today! 
Letters must be received by tomorrow,  April 3rd!

Download a customizable letter with instructions.  doc

Learn more about the bill at our SB 900 page.

Want to learn more about what SB 900 does and who it helps? Read our Frequently Asked Questions.  PDF

Contact: Tracey Patterson  at 510.433.1122 ext 101

Additional Support Needed for Budget Request!

CFPA and SPUR are supporting a budget request to fully fund the pilots set forth by SB 900. This would provide millions of dollars of new funding for California fruit and vegetable incentives in at least 7 communities around the state, with support for community partners and participating retailers including grocery stores farmers' markets. 

If your organization would like to support this related budget request to Double the Fresh in CalFresh, please click here to add your organization's logo to a coalition letter as this request heads to State Budget Subcommittees this month. Thank you for supporting healthy, affordable food and California agriculture!

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Contact: Tracey Patterson  at 510.433.1122 ext 101

AB 1871 (Bonta): Don't Make Hunger a School Choice!

Hunger doesn't care where kids go to school. That's why California needs AB 1871 (Bonta) to guarantee that all low-income, public school students  -- including charter school students -- have access to free and reduced-price school meals. 

Please join us: submit a letter of support today for this important legislation.  Letters of support must be received by Wedensday, April 4th  to be considered for the bill's hearing in the Assembly Education Committee on April 11th. 

Access a customizable letter and instructions.   link

Access factsheets, data, and stories about AB 1871. link

Contact: Tia Shimada  at 510.433.1122 ext 109

Join Us May 10th at State Senate Hearing to Support Food with Care 

Next month, the State Senate Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance will meet to discuss funding for early education. Join us in Sacramento as we ask the state to prioritize access to healthy meals in child care. 

Note: previous communications indicated the hearing would be held April 5th. It is now scheduled for 
9:30am on May 10th at the State Capitol. Please join us to show your support!

If you haven't yet, please add your name to the list of organizations in support of #FoodWithCare.  link

Learn more about the Food with Care campaign. link

Contact: Melissa Cannon  at 510.433.1122 ext 102
Lamar Jacques Green greets veterans as they arrive to pick up food from the Veterans Transition Center's food pantry.

Help Protect Access to Food: Submit Comments to USDA by April 9th!

Action needed this week! USDA has requested public comments on whether it should reconsider certain rules regarding the SNAP/CalFresh three-month time limit for  adults not raising minor children . Before making any changes, USDA is asking the public to tell them if reworking these rules is a good idea. We need your help to submit lots of comments from a wide variety of voices urging USDA to not restrict waivers   or pursue any other changes that would cut off vital food assistance for people in-between jobs.

Don't wait! Comments are due April 9th!

Here is how you can make your voice heard to prevent the Trump  administration from making the already harsh SNAP/CalFresh three-month time limit rule even worse. 
  • Once you customize the template, you can paste your comments into the online submission toollink
  • For individuals, our partners at Feeding America have put together a shorter template that's easy to submit. link
Thank you for lending your voice! 

Learn more about the SNAP/CalFresh time limit advanced notice of proposed rulemaking comments.  link

Stay up to date at  CFPA's Federal Advocacy page.

Contact: Jared Call at 213.482.8200 ex 201

Better Together Webinar Recording and Materials now Available

On March 27th, CFPA hosted a webinar  that explored how CalFresh and WIC work better together. Webinar recordings and slides are now available!

View the webinar recording and access materials from the presentations. link

Learn more by reading CFPA's recent report, Better Together, Optimizing Nutrition Access in the Earliest Years

Contact: Elyse Homel Vitale  at 510.433.1122 ext 206

ENACT Day 2018 Registration Extended to  April 6th - Don't Wait, Register Today!

ENACT  Day is an all-day event of education and advocacy in Sacramento on April 18th. We're bringing community members and advocates from all over California together to support the advancement of a healthy and equitable California.  

Registration  has been extended until Friday (4/6), although all travel scholarships have been selected and finalized. 

Organizers are conducting education and advocacy around several topical issues, including:
  • Health Equity Regardless of Immigration Status (supported by SB 974)
  • Criminal Justice (supported by SB 10)
Learn more about ENACT Day 2018.  link

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Contact: Kevin Lee  at 213.482.8200 ext 202