SB 464 (Hurtado)—Food4All passed out of the Senate Human Services Committee today. Nourish California and the California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC), the bill’s co-sponsors, would like to thank supporters of the bill for the strong showing at today’s hearing. Over 30 organizations and individuals across the state submitted letters of support, and over 40 organizations expressed support during the hearing’s public comment period. 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 would like to give a special thank you to Herling Isela Garcia, a member of the Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative. Herling provided powerful testimony at the hearing about the barriers she and other immigrants face in accessing vital food assistance due to the unjust exclusion from CalFresh and the California Food Assistance Program. We appreciate her willingness to share her experience with the Committee in support of SB 464.
We would also 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.
SB 464 now moves on to the Senate Appropriations Committee. We will be sharing next steps on how supporters can urge decision makers to ensure the bill moves past the next legislative hurdle. If you haven’t already, please sign up to receive SB 464 Food4All updates at our Action Center.