Take Action! Tell Governor Newsom to Fund the CalFresh Safe Drinking Water Pilot Extension
We are excited to share that the CalFresh Safe Drinking Water Pilot Extension budget request was included in the joint Legislative budget bills (AB 101 & SB 101) at $3 million one-time funding. Nourish California would like to thank Legislative leaders, Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins, Senate Budget Committee Chair Nancy Skinner, Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon, and Assembly Budget Committee Chair Phil Ting for supporting this urgent proposal.
If funded in the final budget, the Safe Drinking Water Pilot extension will help address the hunger cliff by boosting CalFresh benefits for thousands of households that lack access to safe drinking water. We also want to thank supporters of the budget request for making your voices heard. Your advocacy means we are one step closer to ensuring the state increases investments to boost CalFresh benefits to help alleviate the extra burden faced by CalFresh households who have unsafe tap water. Thank you.
We would also like to thank Assemblymember Arambula and Senator Hurtado for their leadership on the CalFresh Safe Drinking Water Pilot Extension, and for their ongoing commitment to improving food access for Californians with low income. We also extend our gratitude to Senate Budget Subcommittee 3 Chair, Caroline Menjivar for prioritizing the pilot extension in the Subcommittee’s 2023-24 budget package.
Now is the time to take action. Governor Newsom needs to hear from you!
We need your help to ensure the final budget approved by the Governor includes funding for the CalFresh Safe Drinking Water Pilot Extension. Negotiations are happening now — don’t wait, make your voice heard today in support of increasing CalFresh benefits today.
1) Call and/or Email Governor Newsom
- Governor Gavin Newsom (916) 445-2841
Call and leave a message using the handy script below. Or email the Governor through his office’s online comment portal:
- Link to the online portal: https://www.gov.ca.gov/contact/
- Select “Budget May Revision 2023-24” in the dropdown menu.
- Then “Leave a Comment” then click the “Next” button.
- Click “Pro” for position, then leave your full message, using the template at the bottom of this email for the body of your message.
- Both individuals and organizations are welcome to comment, so please do share this call to action with interested partners, colleagues, friends, and family!
Hi, my name is _____ and I live in ______. I’m calling to urge Governor Newsom to support the CalFresh Safe Drinking Water Pilot Extension passed by the Legislature in the final state budget package. This urgent and impactful investment will extend the CalFresh Safe Drinking Water Pilot to continue to provide vital food assistance to CalFresh households harmed by the lack of safe drinking water. Please include funding for the pilot extension in the final state budget. Thank you. [Or choose one or more of the following reasons or tell them your own]
No one should go hungry in the great state of California. Food and water are the most essential parts of a full and healthy life. The CalFresh Safe Drinking Water Pilot Extension will help California families who face the extra challenge of unsafe drinking water. Without action, families will be cut off in October. Please support funding for the extension.
CalFresh benefits were recently cut. Funding the CalFresh Safe Drinking Water Pilot Extension will help families afford the foods they need. Please support the CalFresh Safe Drinking Water Pilot Extension in the state budget.
The CalFresh Safe Drinking Water Pilot Extension will help reduce the harm households are facing due to the CalFresh benefits cut. Please support the CalFresh Safe Drinking Water Pilot Extension in the state budget.
2) Show your support on social media!
Tweet or post your support and tag Governor Newsom (@CAGovernor).
The CalFresh Safe Drinking Water Pilot extension will help families better afford the food and safe drinking water they need. It will boost CalFresh benefits immediately without any extra forms or hassle for participants. Thank you for including it in the #CALeg #CalBudget @SenToniAtkins @NancySkinnerCA @Rendon63rd @PhilTing. @CAGovernor Plz support!
Support the CalFresh Safe Drinking Water Pilot Extension to address the hunger cliff and help CA families who face the extra challenge of unsafe drinking water. Without action, families will be cut off in October. Thank you for including it in the #CALeg #CalBudget @SenToniAtkins @NancySkinnerCA @Rendon63rd @PhilTing. Plz support! @CAGovernor!
The CalFresh Safe Drinking Water Pilot Extension will bolster impacted households' food and water budgets immediately and ongoing. The state must use every option to reduce the harm of the CalFresh cuts. TY @SenToniAtkins @NancySkinnerCA @Rendon63rd @PhilTing! Plz support in final #CABudget @CAGovernor!
3) Add your organization to our budget sign-on letter.
Click here to read our coalition budget sign-on letter. To add your organization in support of funding the CalFresh Safe Drinking Water Pilot Extension, please email your organization's logo to . Thank you!
More than one million Californians lack access to safe drinking water. Latinx, rural, and under-resourced communities are disproportionately affected. The lack of safe drinking water is a threat to food security.
When households that participate in CalFresh are forced to spend limited grocery dollars to purchase bottled water, they have less to spend on the food they need. Recognizing this dire situation, the state launched the CalFresh Safe Drinking Water Pilot in March 2022, providing $50 per month to more than 4,000 households in select zip codes that lack access to safe drinking water.
While long-term solutions are necessary, California communities need access to safe drinking water right now. A one-time allocation in the state budget will keep the existing pilot from sunsetting too soon and will reach additional participants.
Show your support by taking one or more of the actions outlined above TODAY. Thank you for your support and advocacy!