Nutrition Action Alert March 8, 2018
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Register for March 27th Webinar CalFresh & WIC: Better Together

Register today!  Join us for a webinar on March 27th to learn more about how CalFresh and WIC work better together.  We will discuss how as administrators and advocates we can best align enrollment and retention in the two programs to better meet the nutritional needs of families with young children.


Learn more about the webinar topics and presenters. link

Read CFPA's  recent report,  BETTER TOGETHER: Optimizing Nutrition Access During the Earliest Years , which sets forth a vision and policy recommendations for increasing young families' access to nutrition resources.

Contact: Elyse Homel Vitale at 510.433.1122 ext 206


Join us in Sacramento  March 13th to Support Food with Care 

Next week, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education will meet to discuss funding for early education. Join us 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


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

CFPA is soliciting letters of support for SB 900 (Wiener & Arambula) , the  California Fruit and Vegetable EBT Pilot Project  bill, to be heard in the Senate Human Services Committee on April 10th. 

Show your support for making healthy food more affordable - submit a letter of support for SB 900 today! 

Download a customizable letter with instructions for submission.  doc

Learn more at our SB 900 page.

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

Contact: Tracey Patterson  at 510.433.1122 ext 101


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

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.  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


Tell State Budget Leaders to Support School Breakfast!

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.  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

The 2018 CalFresh Forum is Less than One Week Away!

CFPA's annual CalFresh Forum will feature presentation topics including: innovative strategies to increase participation, upcoming state legislation, the return of the three-month time limit for unemployed adults without children, the 2018 Farm Bill, how CalFresh supports healthy eating, and a review of Disaster CalFresh lessons learned and best practices.

View the Forum program.  PDF


View the event details.  PDF

Sign up to receive updates  here .
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CDFA Secretary Karen Ross to Keynote  Farm Bill Session 
CA Secretary of Agriculture Karen Ross

We are thrilled to announce that  California Secretary of Agriculture Karen Ross will offer an opening plenary to the CalFresh Forum Farm Bill breakout session. 

Secretary Ross has deep leadership experience in agricultural issues nationally, internationally, and here in California. Prior to joining CDFA in 2011, Secretary Ross was chief of staff for U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, a position she accepted in 2009. 

Secretary Ross will address the importance of protecting California agriculture and ensuring a strong SNAP/CalFresh program in the next Farm Bill. 

Read CDFA's 2018 Farm Bill priorities and recommendations to strengthen food and nutrition programs, including SNAP/CalFresh.  PDF

Questions? Contact  CalFreshForum@cfpa.net