Act Now for Hunger-Free Schools! SB 138 onto Governor!

Published on Sep 18, 2017 in Child Nutrition, School-Aged Children, State Legislation

09.18.2017 Your letters, calls & emails in support of hunger-free schools are working! We need you more than ever- this is the final stretch! SB 138 (McGuire) needs to clear one last hurdle to become law. The bill passed the Assembly and Senate Floors this week with bipartisan, unanimous votes. Now Governor Brown has 30 days to sign or veto the bill.

SB 138 would seamlessly enroll more than 650,000 students into school meals through Medi-Cal Direct Certification, which will ensure high-poverty schools make breakfast and lunch available free of charge to all students through federal universal meal provisions.

Many of you saw the great news that New York City expanded universally free school meals to all students. That success was due to the use of Medicaid direct certification and the Community Eligibility Provision- and the strong advocacy of community voices. SB 138 would make that success possible in California districts as well! link

The Governor must sign or veto SB 138 by October 15th. We don’t know exactly when the Governor will be considering the bill, so the sooner you voice your support the better! Tell your coworkers, friends, family, and everyone else you know to take action today. It’s easy! 

(1) Send Your Letter of Support
We’ve developed a sample letter that you can personalize and send to the Governor. doc

(2) Make a Quick Call and Email
Use and share these instructions to call and email the Governor’s office today. PDF

  • Call Governor Brown’s office at (916) 445-2841 to urge his signature on SB 138.
  • Email the Governor at this link. To “Choose Your Subject”, scroll down to “SB00138\School meal programs: free and reduced-price meals.”

(3) Spread the Word!
Ask 5 friends to make calls, send emails and tweet about their action (@CAFoodPolicy). PDF

(4) Tweet your support

To learn more, visit CFPA’s SB 138 page.

Sign-up to receive legislative updates. link

Questions? Contact Elyse Homel Vitale at 510.433.1122 ext 206.


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