Nutrition Action Alert April 25, 2018

Register Today for May 3rd Webinar - Take Another Look at CEP!

Recent changes in California state policy may improve your school's eligibility for the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), a federal option that allows high-poverty schools to offer breakfast and lunch at no cost to all students and eliminates the need to collect traditional school meal applications.

Join CFPA and our partners for a webinar on Thursday, May 3rd to learn more about why now is a good time to bring universally free meals to your school.

Learn more about the webinar topics and presenters. link

Contact: Elyse Homel Vitale  at 510.433.1122 ext 206

 CFPA and AB 1871 in the News...

Tia Shimada's Letter to the Editor published in the April 19th edition of The Sacramento Bee makes the case that all public schools, including charter schools, should provide meals to low-income students. 

" Low-income charter school students are California's only low-income public school students without ensured access to free or low-cost school meals. Assembly Bill 1871 aims to change that...Whoever moves ahead in the race for political power, let's stop leaving poor kids behind. California should not be a place where it's OK for any child to go hungry in a publicly funded school." - Tia Shimada, Director of Programs, CFPA

Read the full letter. link

Learn more about AB 1871 (Bonta) - Don't Make Hunger a School Choice. link

Contact: Tia Shimada  at 510.433.1122 ext 101

Action Needed! Contact Your Representative, Tell Them to Oppose House Farm Bill Cuts to SNAP

Reach out to your Representative and tell them to reject the House Farm Bill proposal when it moves to the floor for a full vote. Phone calls, emails, posts to social media, and arranging member meetings for the first week of May when the Members will be back at home in district are all effective ways to make your voice heard in support of protecting SNAP/CalFresh from cuts. 

To find your Representative and their contact information, call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or use this  link

Tell them to: "Reject Chairman Conaway's proposal that would cut vital food assistance for millions of low-income working families, seniors, and people with disabilities. The Farm Bill should be bipartisan and protect SNAP/CalFresh for the people who need it to help put food on the table." 

Thank you for making your voice heard in support of SNAP

The House Farm Bill proposal threatens California children's access to food by ending "Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility." Learn more about categorical eligibility and how Californians would be impacted if the proposed changes were enacted.  link

Contact: Jared Call at 213.482.8200 ext 201
Join Us May 10th at State Senate Hearing to Support Food with Care and School Breakfast

Next month, the State Senate Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance will meet to discuss funding for early education and school breakfast. Join us in Sacramento as we ask the state to prioritize access to healthy meals in child care and expanding breakfast options for schools serving lower-income students.  More details coming soon -- stay tuned!

Food with Care contact: Melissa Cannon  at 510.433.1122 ext 102 

Invest in Breakfast After the Bell contact: Tracey Patterson at 510.433.1122 ext 101