Thanks to our expert presenters and engaged participants--the 2020 CalFresh Forum was a success! Thanks to all who attended.  We hope you had a wonderful and engaging time. With our collective dedication to strengthening CalFresh--we will build a more nourished California.  

If you attended, please take a few minutes to let us know what you thought about the event. We rely on your thoughtful comments and suggestions to improve the forum year after year. 
Thank you and see you at the 2021 CalFresh Forum!

Federal Policy Update
President Trump Unveils His Budget Proposal for 2021

Yesterday, President Trump released his Administration's budget proposal for the next fiscal year. Included within the proposal were deep funding cuts that would increase poverty, widen income inequality, and take away basic food assistance for Americans of all ages. Stay tuned for more details and an analysis of the key takeaways from the budget proposal with respect to food security in California. In the months ahead, Congress will begin making their own spending decisions. As Congress develops their budget plan, CFPA is committed to engaging our state and national partners in opposing the Administration's proposals to severely cut necessary assistance and to advocate changes that create a better life for all Californians.

Questions? Contact Melissa Cannon

Proposed Rule Threatens School Meal Quality

The USDA is attempting to roll back positive changes enacted under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, weakening school meal nutrition standards. The proposed rule would jeopardize student's access to healthy and well-balanced school meals by creating a loophole in nutrition guidelines that paves the way for children to consume foods higher in calories, saturated fat, and sodium. 
Read our full statement

Comments due by March 23rd, 2020.
CFPA plans to submit comments and will be working with state and national partners to support others in commenting on the proposed rule. Please stay tuned for sample comments and more on how you can oppose this harmful rule. 

Questions? Contact Melissa Cannon

DHS Public Charge Rule Takes Effect February 24th

Following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to allow the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) public charge rule to take effect,  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it will  implement  the final rule on Feb. 24, 2020. 

Empower your community with information. Find community-facing materials in multiple languages on the Protecting Immigrant Families Know Your Rights page. 

Use the screening tool below to determine if someone is affected by public charge, and share the tool with your networks! 

Stay in the loop - join the CA Protecting Immigrant Families Coalition

Questions? Contact Gabby Tilley

See CFPA's federal priorities and policy tracker on our 
Federal Advocacy Page.
Help Inform the Master Plan for Aging
The Department of Aging needs to hear from Anti-hunger advocates!

Join the California Department of Aging and partners for "Webinar Wednesdays" -- an informative and interactive series of webinars addressing a variety of aging-related topics that will inform the development of the Master Plan for Aging. 

Up Next:  Poverty, Hunger, and Homelessness
When: Wednesday,  February 12  from 9:30am to 11:00 am
Join  via Zoom
    Toll-Free Phone: (888) 788-0099
   Webinar ID: 145 022 789

This webinar will be an excellent opportunity for anti-hunger advocates to share their feedback and expertise with the Department of Aging concerning food insecurity among older Californians. 

Questions?  Contact Kameron Mims-Jones at