For over two decades, Casey McKeever was one of our closest and dearest partners. Casey recently passed away after a battle with cancer. While at the Western Center on Law on Poverty, Casey was an intelligent and fierce advocate for low-income Californians. In the 1990s, he battled against the racist and inequitable policies of then-Governor Pete Wilson and an often hostile legislature. In the 2000s, we had the pleasure of working with Casey on a number of successful campaigns, most notably the effort to allow Food Stamp (now CalFresh) recipients to get help with food without having to sell the reliable car that got them to work. After Casey left the Western Center, we worked with him in his next role with the Assembly Human Services where he continued to positively impact anti-hunger legislation.
In 2008, we honored Casey with a "Lifetime Achievement" Stampy Award. This award, now called a "Freshy," honors efforts to improve our largest anti-hunger program. Casey's award was well deserved as he made the lives of low-income Californians better through his own life. As we celebrate Casey's life, we send our condolences to the McKeever Family.