CalFresh Simplification for Seniors Included in the State Budget

Published on Jun 28, 2021 in CalFresh, Older Adults, State Legislation

We are thrilled to announce that the 2021-22 State Budget package includes funding for the policies proposed in SB 107 (Wiener). State leaders have listened to our broad coalition's call to make CalFresh easier for seniors and people with disabilities. We've achieved our shared goal of creating simplified application and ensuring all required forms can be completed over the phone.

We applaud Senator Wiener for his leadership on CalFresh simplification. We also thank our cosponsors — AARP-CA, California Association of Food Banks, and San Francisco-Marin Food Bank and our broad coalition of supporters for their tireless advocacy that propelled us to this point.

What's next?

We look forward to working with the California Department of Social Services, County Welfare Departments, and other CalFresh stakeholders to design and implement the shorter, simplified application. Save some time in early Februrary for the 2022 CalFresh Forum in Sacramento, where the new application is sure to be a topic of discussion!

Questions? Contact: Jared Call at