California is a state of ambition. We aim to lead the nation. However, the tide of California's progress should lift all boats. California's unrelenting cost of living has a direct impact on hunger and nutrition. CFPA's 2018 State Policy Agenda provides an exciting opportunity to advance our vision of food for all. link
AB 1871 (Bonta):
Hunger Shouldn't Be a School Choice
Assemblymember Rob Bonta, along with Assembly co-authors David Chiu and Cristina Garcia, introduced a bill (AB 1871) to give low-income, charter school students equitable access to school meals. CFPA is proud to sponsor this legislation. We believe in food and fairness for all children. With AB 1871, we are working with the Legislature and a coalition of partners to make this a reality.
AB 1871 will help all low-income, public school students in California -- including public charter school students -- be well nourished and ready to learn. Learn more about AB 1871. link
If you believe in food for all students experiencing need, please submit a personalized letter of support for AB 1871! doc
Senator Scott Wiener and Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula, along with Assemblymembers Mayes and Steinorth, introduced a bipartisan bill, SB 900, the California Fruit and Vegetable EBT Pilot. CFPA is proud to be co-sponsoring SB 900 with the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR).
When Governor Brown released his proposed 2018-19 State Budget, he left out a critical investment in the health and development of our youngest learners. In response, CFPA launched Food With Care to make healthy meals more accessible to children in child care.
For decades, California supported access to early childhood nutrition by supplementing federal funding for meals served in child care through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). But in 2012, following the recession, the funding was eliminated for most of child care. Family child care providers and child care centers certainly were hit hard by the budget cut, but low-income children were hit the hardest. The state can help by reinstating funding for CACFP.
Take action over the next few months as state leaders chart out the path of the state budget!
When students are hungry, they can't focus and they struggle to learn. Targeted state investments that expand the availability of Breakfast After the Bell will improve student attendance, academic achievement, and health by ensuring that more children in California, particularly those served by high-poverty schools or schools with high-rates of chronic absenteeism, have access to school breakfast.
State grant funding to start up or expand effective Breakfast After the Bell programs is due to expire this June. The demand for these grants has been strong. We are calling on state leaders to extend and improve state funding to support school breakfast. Learn more.
Sample letter of support coming soon!
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