CalFresh Simplification for Seniors: Key Leaders Need to Hear from You


Published on May 20, 2021 in CalFresh, Older Adults, State Legislation

Let's Make CalFresh Easier for Seniors and People with Disabilities

While SB 107 (Wiener) awaits a vote on the Senate Floor, we have a crucial opportunity to pass the policy through the state budget. State leaders will make final budget decisions over the next few weeks. They need to hear from you that the state should create a shorter, simpler application and ensure all forms can be completed over the phone without extra red tape.

Now is the time to make CalFresh work better for everyone — especially seniors and people with disabilities who face additional barriers. We shouldn't make it hard for people who've fallen on hard times to get help getting basic food assistance.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD Call/Email Key Decision Makers

Call or send your own email

Direct calls and emails make a difference! Contact these key decision makers to let them know you want to ensure CalFresh simplification is included in the state budget. You can also find your Representative here and share the same message below.

  1. Governor Gavin Newsom
    (916) 445-2841
  2. Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins
    (916) 651-4039
  3. Speaker of the Assembly, Anthony Rendon
    (916) 319-2063
  4. Senator Nancy Skinner, Chair, Senate Budget Committee
    (916) 651-4009
  5. Assemblymember Phil Ting, Chair, Assembly Budget Committee (916) 319-2019

Sample Script
Hello, My name is _____ from _____ (either location or organization) and I am CALLING/WRITING to urge _____ (Member Name) to support a simplified CalFresh application for seniors and people with disabilities in the final state budget package. I also support making sure that all CalFresh forms can be completed over the phone. Thank you. 

Thank you for your support and advocacy!