More than 3 in 5 Californians with young children have run out of food during the pandemic. Keenly aware of need, child care programs continue to work on the front lines trying to nourish our youngest learners. But amid myriad financial pressures, many programs do not have enough funding to pay for food. State leaders should make critical investments to support child care meal service as part of COVID-19 relief and ongoing efforts to help stabilize the state’s child care infrastructure.
Opportunity Everyone in California should have the food they need to thrive. From school closures to widespread layoffs, the COVID-19 pandemic makes it even harder for many Californians to safely access nutritious food and other basic needs. We need policies that mitigate the scope and scale of harm by creating new resources for food, increasing existing supports, and minimizing barriers to both. 2021 State [...]