On June 15th, California advocates hosted a listening session with Stacy Dean, Deputy Under Secretary for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services. During the listening session Dean shared details about the Biden Administration’s child nutrition and WIC priorities and attendees provided input on the most impactful investments to feed California’s […]
Underpaid: One in Four Black Child Care Workers Must Turn to CalFresh to Try to Make Ends Meet
Even with the help Congress has provided so far, families with young children are still running out of food
Even with the help Congress has provided, families with young children are still running out of food Findings From a Statewide Survey Published on Feb 16, 2021 by Melissa Cannon Background In the fall of 2020, Nourish California engaged Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3) to conduct statewide research that would help illustrate the experiences of individuals and families across California, particularly in [...]
Full Report: The Lives & Experiences of Californians in 2020
In the fall of 2020, Nourish CA engaged Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3) to conduct statewide research that would help illustrate the experiences of individuals and families across California, particularly in light of the ongoing pandemic. This report describes assets, challenges, and the effects of COVID-19 for people and communities across our state. Read the full report. Watch the webinar. Read the [...]
Senator Wiener Introduces SB 107: CalFresh—Simpler for Seniors
Today, Senator Scott Wiener (SD-11) introduced SB 107, which makes two major improvements to improve access to CalFresh, particularly for low-income older adults and people with disabilities. SB 107 would achieve the following: Require the State to provide counties with simplified CalFresh applications for households solely composed of seniors and people with disabilities and no earned income (also known as ESAP Households) Ensure all applicants [...]
Nourish California 2021 State Legislative Agenda
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 [...]
What We Heard: The Lives & Experiences of Californians in 2020
In the fall of 2020, Nourish CA engaged Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3) to conduct statewide research that would help illustrate the experiences of individuals and families across California, particularly in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This brief highlights key findings that research. Read the brief. Lea el informe aquí. Watch the webinar. Read the full report.
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.
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.