SB 464 (Hurtado)—Food4All will remain in Assembly Appropriations for the remainder of the 2021 Legislative year. Nourish California and the California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC), the bill’s co-sponsors, would like to thank Senator Hurtado for her leadership on SB 464, and for her ongoing commitment to improving food access for low-income immigrant Californians.
We also thank the Food4All Coalition and supporters of the bill for their tremendous support for the campaign in its first year. Over 100 organizations and individuals across the state expressed public support during this legislative session. We are grateful for all who took time out of their busy schedules to make their voices heard. Together, we can create a more equitable food assistance system that does not discriminate on the basis of immigration status. Thank you.
We are very pleased with our early progress. After only six months of campaigning, this year’s state budget includes funding to begin implementation of the Food4All. Our collective success moves the state toward the modernized California Food Assistance Program (CFAP), permanently ending the immigrant exclusion in CalFresh, and rejecting racism and xenophobia by creating an equitable nutrition safety net.
The legislature and Governor deserve significant thanks for taking this first major step toward an equitable nutrition safety net. They also need to hear from you that further long-term investments are needed. If you haven’t yet, please take a few minutes to thank the budget leaders who took this first big step, and ask them to continuing prioritizing Food4All funding next year.
We will use the next few months to continue to grow the Food4All coalition, educate policymakers, and gear up for the 2022 budget and legislative cycles. We invite you to join us by becoming a member of the Food4All coalition.