SB 107 (Wiener) Heads to First Hearing, Show Your Support Today!

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Published on Feb 12, 2021 in CalFresh, Older Adults, State Legislation

SB 107 (Wiener) is headed to its first hearing in the Senate Human Services Committee.

This urgent bill would make it easier for eligible low-income Californians to sign up and stay connected to CalFresh, particularly older adults and people with disabilities.

Submit a letter of support for SB 107: The bill may be heard as early as Tuesday, March 9. To be counted, letters of support must be received by the Committee no later than noon, March 2. Don’t wait, submit, yours today!

Click here for a sample letter and directions on how to submit it to the Committee.

SB 107 would achieve the following:

  • Require the State to provide counties with simplified CalFresh applications for households solely composed of seniors and people with disabilities and no earned income (also known as ESAP Households)
  • Ensure all applicants and participants can complete the application and
    recertification interview processes by phone, including the required client signature.

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to make clear, meeting the nutritional needs of low-income households is an urgent and ongoing need. No one should go hungry in the great state of California, and it is our collective responsibility to use all the tools we have to make it easier for food-insecure older adults, people with disabilities, and working families to access our most powerful anti-hunger tool, CalFresh.

We applaud Senator Wiener’s leadership to improve access to CalFresh, and we need your help to show broad support to the Legislature. You can support SB 107 by joining Nourish California and our co-sponsors, the SF-Marin Food Bank, AARP-CA, and the California Association of Food Banks, in sending in a letter of support today.

Stay up to date on SB 107 as it advances through the Legislature, and receive timely calls to action to make your voice heard in support of improved CalFresh access. Sign up to receive our email updates at our Action Center.

Questions? Contact Jared Call at 323.401.4972, or visit our SB 107 homepage.

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