Nutrition Action Alert February 23, 2018

CFPA-Sponsored Bills and Budget Requests Need Your Support!

CFPA's 2018 State Legislative Agenda is advancing, and needs your support to make it through committee hearings, to the floor, and ultimately to the Governor's desk. 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.

Contact: Tracey Patterson at 510.433.1122 ext 101

AB 1871 (Bonta): Join the Crusade!

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. A recent Mercury News article calls the bill Assemblymember Bonta's "crusade" to give charter school students equitable access to school meals. CFPA is proud to be crusading alongside him.

Please join us: submit a letter of support for this important legislation.   link

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

Contact: Tia Shimada  at 510.433.1122 ext 109

SB 900 (Wiener & Arambula): Double the 'Fresh' in CalFresh

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. CFPA is now actively soliciting letters of support for the bill's first hearing. Show your support for making healthy food more affordable - submit a letter of support for SB 900 today! Letters must be received by  Friday, March 30.

Download a customizable letter with instructions for submission.  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

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

Contact: Tracey Patterson  at 510.433.1122 ext 101

State Assembly to Discuss Food with Care on March 13th

Next month the State Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education 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:   9am on March 13, 2018 at the State Capitol, Room 447.

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

Tell California Leaders to Support School Breakfast!

California kids need your help! Budget leaders will soon be making decisions about how our state funds programs that affect the health and success of California kids.

CFPA is requesting one million dollars annually over five years in the 2018-19 budget in order to extend California's successful Breakfast After the Bell Expansion grants The budget request is expected be heard by the Assembly and Senate Budget Subcommittees on Education Finance over the next two months.

Please submit a letter of support to California's budget leaders. Let them know that students across our state deserve access to the nutritious meals they need to learn, grown, and achieve at their full potential.

Download a sample letter of support and instructions for submitting letters.  doc

Sign-up to receive Invest in Breakfast After the Bell updates.  link

Contact: Tracey Patterson  at 510.433.1122 ext 101

CalFresh Forum Update: Morning Plenary from Ed Bolen of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Ed Bolen, Senior Policy Analyst, CBPP

CFPA and CDSS are thrilled to announce that this year's CalFresh Forum will feature a morning plenary from Ed Bolen, Senior Policy Analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). Ed's  work at CBPP focuses on state and federal issues in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and he is the nation's foremost expert on the SNAP three-month time limit and Employment and Training Programs.   Prior to joining the Center, he was Senior Policy Analyst at California Food Policy Advocates.


Freshy Award Voting Closes Today, Don't Wait, Cast Your Vote Now! 

The 2018 Freshy Award voting will close today, February 23rd! The winners, which will be selected based on your votes, will be announced at the CalFresh Forum on March 14. The Freshy Awards honor the actions of individual Californians and organizations from across the state that have worked diligently in the last year to improve CalFresh.

Before casting your vote learn more about the nominees.  PDF

Vote Today!  link

Questions? Contact

ENACT Day 2018 Registration is Now Open!

ENACT Nutrition and Physical Activity Day is a day of education and advocacy in  Sacramento on  April 18th . We're bringing community members and advocates from all over California together to support health equity through nutrition and physical activity. 

Registration is now  open  through the end of March, with a limited number of  travel scholarships  available.

Register today! link

Apply for a travel scholarship. link

Learn more about ENACT Day 2018.  link

Sign up to receive ENACT Day 2018 updates.  link

Contact: Kevin Lee  at 213.482.8200 ext 202