Meals Count: New Tools to Optimize CEP Grouping and Funding

The COVID-19 crisis continues to harm millions of families across California. With rising rates of unemployment and food insecurity, our students urgently need access to nutritious, affordable food, including school meals. Implementing the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a powerful strategy to help nourish more children, strengthen school meal programs, and simplify meal service operations.

What if SNAP benefits increased by 15%?

COVID-19 is increasing hunger and hardship in California. This summer, congress has an opportunity to help families put food on the table and to infuse much-needed spending into the economy by raising the maximum benefit for SNAP by 15 percent for the duration of the economic downturn.

Lost Dollars, Empty Plates 2020

Explore the impact of CalFresh on state and local economies.

Food Access for Immigrant Californians During COVID-19

View slides from our virtual convening event about food access for immigrant Californians in the COVID-19 era.

SB 882 Factsheet

COVID-19 pandemic conditions are increasing the already high number1 of Californians experiencing food insecurity. This troubling trend has more acute consequences during the crisis, as food insecurity compounds poor health and economic conditions—placing low-income older adults and people with disabilities at increased risk for serious harm.

SB 1417 Fact Sheet: Invest in School Meals for All

School meals are a vital source of nutritious food for our millions of students whose families struggle to make ends meet. In times of crisis, school meals continue to be an essential resource. Across our state, more than 2 million children live in food-insecure households. Without effective action, these numbers will grow in the face of COVID-19 and its aftermath.

Addressing Barriers to Immigrant Food Access in California

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) convened the Food for All Stakeholder Workgroup to identify how the State and local entities can strengthen California’s food assistance safety net for all low-income Californians by removing barriers that exclude immigrants.

Struggling to Make Ends Meet: Food Insecurity in CA

Across California, 4.7 million adults and 2.0 million children live in low-income households affected by food insecurity. Food insecurity means having limited, uncertain, or inconsistent access to the quality and quantity of food that is necessary to live a healthy life. Having sustained access to enough food is tied to positive social, physical, and mental health outcomes.

Address Senior Hunger by Maximizing CalFresh

California has committed to developing a Master Plan for Aging in order to meet the needs of older adults today and for generations to come. The state has outlined four broad goals that the plan should accomplish.

Fund Food With Care 2020

Eight years ago, preschool and child care providers lost access to the funding necessary to put food on the table for our youngest students.

AB 842 Fact Sheet

Wherever a child attends school, they need access to the basic resources that support their success, including nutritious meals. Recognizing this, California passed a law in 1975 to protect children from hunger by guaranteeing all eligible, low-income K-12th grade public school students access to at least one free or low-cost meal each school day.

AB 842 Fact Sheet (Spanish)

Donde sea que niñas y niños asistan a la escuela, necesitan tener acceso a los recursos básicos que apoyan su éxito, incluidas comidas nutritivas.

AB 1508 Fact Sheet

All students deserve to reach their full potential. Unfortunately, too many children don’t have enough food at home—they arrive at school hungry, struggling to pay attention in class.

AB 1508 Fact Sheet

Across California, 4.7 million adults and 2.0 million children live in low-income households affected by food insecurity. Food insecurity means having limited, uncertain, or inconsistent access to the quality and quantity of food that is necessary to live a healthy life. Having sustained access to enough food is tied to positive social, physical, and mental health outcomes.

2019 Food Insecurity Factsheet

Across California, 4.7 million adults and 2.0 million children live in low-income households affected by food insecurity. Food insecurity means having limited, uncertain, or inconsistent access to the quality and quantity of food that is necessary to live a healthy life. Having sustained access to enough food is tied to positive social, physical, and mental health outcomes.

Enrolling Medi-Cal Participants in CalFresh: What Works? Lessons from County-Level Experimentation in California and National Research

Report by the Alliance to Transform CalFresh PDF

SB 499 Fact Sheet

School meals can help students get the food they need to learn and grow, while also offering a major support to families struggling to make ends meet. California has seen improvements in access to school meals, but two major barriers persist – stigma and quality of food.

SB 499 Fact Sheet (Spanish)

Comidas escolares pueden ayudar a estudiantes obtener los alimentos necesarios para aprender y crecer, mientras también ofrecen apoyo a las familias que luchan para sobrevivir. California ha visto mejorías en el acceso a comidas escolares, pero dos barreras importantes persisten- estigma y la calidad de los alimentos.

SB 285 Fact Sheet (English & Spanish)

CalFresh is our largest and most effective nutrition and anti-poverty program. However, there are nearly 2 million Californians who are eligible for CalFresh—but not receiving benefits. And only 19 percent of eligible seniors participate in the program. We can, and must, do better.

Summer Hunger in California

Nearly two million children across California live in poverty: their families struggle meet basic needs such as food, housing, and healthcare. When school is out, many children lose access to a critical source of nutritious, affordable meals. The loss of school meals, especially for children living in poverty, can increase the risk of hunger and food insecurity.

Lost Dollars, Empty Plates 2019

This Lost Dollars, Empty Plates analysis examines the effect that increased participation in CalFresh would have on state, local, and household budgets.

Access to Food in Early Care Continues to Decline

The CACFP is an important component of child care. At its core, it is a nutrition program that provides funding for healthy meals and snacks served to children in early care and other authorized facilities. In addition to making early care programs healthier, more affordable for low-income families, and more financially sustainable for providers, the CACFP is also linked to improved quality of care.

2018 State Legislative Review: Progress!

While we remain vigilant in our federal advocacy to protect the anti-hunger safety net, some great progress was made to increase access to affordable, nutritious food through 2018 California legislation!

Immigrant Families & Food Insecurity

PerryUndem, in partnership with California Food Policy Advocates (CFPA), conducted two focus groups with Latinx parents in mixed-immigration-status families and one focus group with service providers who work with the Asian Pacific Islander (API) immigrant community.

Factsheet: SSI CalFresh Expansion

Factsheet Prepared by CFPA: Opportunities to Improve CalFresh Enrollment PDF
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