Nutrition Action Alert
October 7, 2014
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SB 1002 Vetoed  

by the Governor

On September, 29 Governor Brown vetoed SB 1002 (De Leon) Aligning Opportunities for Health. SB 1002 would have strengthened alignment between CalFresh and Medi-Cal by requiring that the state seek the necessary federal permissions to use existing eligibility information for CalFresh or Medi-Cal enrollment. Doing so would increase the likelihood that individuals and families receive both the health and nutrition benefits for which they are eligible.


Unfortunately, SB 1002 will not be enacted. However, the Governor's veto does not discount the need to pursue all opportunities to streamline dual enrollment between CalFresh and Medi-Cal. We will continue to pursue these goals and will encourage the administration to take the necessary steps to make these program options available for CalFresh and Medi-Cal eligible Californians. 


Read the veto message. link


We appreciate the work of our partners. SB 1002 received great support throughout the legislative session from a diverse group of stakeholders and would not have made it to the Governor's desk otherwise. We will continue working together to improve access to CalFresh! 


More information about SB 1002. link

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

New CFPA Report:
The Drought and Food Insecurity
California is experiencing its worst drought in decades. How does this affect food insecurity in our state? CFPA has released a report that examines possible impacts, discusses what food security-related actions have been taken to date, and recommends additional steps to ensure food security.

Read the report. PDF

Questions? Contact George Manalo-LeClair at 510.433.1122 ext. 103

New CFPA Policy Brief: Healthy, Cost-Effective School Meals Made with USDA Foods

CFPA has issued a policy brief urging federal and state leaders to better support the fresh preparation of school meals with minimally processed USDA Foods.  


Read the policy brief and school district recommendations. link 


The brief presents principal research findings and policy recommendations from a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Healthy Eating Research study that examined the nutritional content and cost of preparing school meal entrees by cooking with minimally processed USDA Foods (previously known as "commodities"). In comparison with entrees that were diverted to manufacturers for processing, entrees that were freshly prepared with USDA Foods were often healthier, and generally at a lower total cost. While scratch cooking requires more labor, these higher labor costs were offset by the considerably lower food costs.


This research was conducted in partnership with UC Berkeley and the Sarah Samuels Center. The research findings are available in the September 2014 issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. link


Questions? Contact Tracey Patterson at 510.433.1122 ext. 101

Join Us! School Breakfast Briefing 

School breakfast helps our most vulnerable students learn, grow, and achieve at their fullest potential - but millions of kids across the state are missing out on these benefits. Please join CFPA and a panel of experts to discuss key policy issues and emerging opportunities for school breakfast.


Tuesday | October 21, 2014 | 2:00pm to 3:00pm

The California Endowment

1414 K Street, Suite 500, Sacramento, CA 95814


View the briefing invitation. PDF 

Please RSVP to attend by October 16, 2014. link


Questions? Contact Tia Shimada at 510.433.1122 ext. 109

Save the Date:
2015 CalFresh Forum
Each year CFPA's CalFresh Forum brings together hundreds of key stakeholders from across the state to discuss strategies and opportunities to improve the
reach and impact of CalFresh.
Event Details

Tuesday, March 17


9:30AM to 3:30PM 


Tsakopoulos Library Galleria

828 I Street

Sacramento, CA 9581


Program information and a registration link will be available in early January. More information will be posted at 


Questions? Contact Alexis Fern´┐Żndez at 

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