College Students Can Benefit from Pandemic CalFresh Rules

We have good news to share for college students who need help meeting their basic needs. Congress recently passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, and the state has issued new guidance that will make it easier for college students to sign up for CalFresh. How Do Pandemic CalFresh Rules [...]

As Older Adults Struggle to Afford Food, State Introduces Master Plan for Aging

On January 6, Governor Newsom released his administration’s much anticipated Master Plan for Aging (MPA). The plan’s release is the culmination of over a year and a half of work among administrators, advocates and community members. Background In June 2019, recognizing that the state’s over 65 population is [...]

Nourish California Applauds Biden Administration For P-EBT Benefit Boost and Other Actions to Combat Hunger

Struggling to make ends meet: Food Insecurity In California Today, President Biden directed the United States Department of Agriculture to expand nutrition assistance to hard-hit families across the nation. Thanks to the President’s executive actions, the Department has announced that they will increase Pandemic-EBT benefits by 15% and [...]

Applauding Appointments: Two Dear Colleagues Join the New Administration

Applauding Appointments: Two Dear Colleagues Join the New Administration While many more appointments need to be made and these appointments have yet to be officially announced, we couldn’t wait to offer our congratulations to two very dear colleagues. Kumar Chandran has been named Senior Adviser in the Office [...]

USDA Withdraws Harmful SNAP Proposals

Your advocacy works. Thanks to tremendous public opposition from partners like you, USDA has withdrawn two proposed rules to weaken SNAP/CalFresh and reduce access to food assistance. This is a major victory for the anti-hunger movement, and it wouldn’t have been possible without your actions. Thank you. Background [...]

Nourish California Statement in Response to President-elect Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan

Struggling to make ends meet: Food Insecurity In California President-elect Biden’s American Rescue Plan includes bold investments that would significantly reduce the unprecedented levels of hardship in California and across the nation that have been spurred by COVID-19. The plan would: Extend the recently enacted 15% SNAP benefit [...]

Governor’s Budget Addresses Some Emergency Needs but Falls Short on Nutrition Investments

On January 8, Governor Newsom introduced his initial 2021-22 State Budget proposal. The proposed budget uses higher than anticipated revenue to make responsible investments to respond to the twin COVID-19 public health and economic crises. While the Governor’s plan includes additional funding for food and nutrition programs, it [...]

Spread Vital Public Charge Information with Multilingual Immigrant Health Packet

Struggling to make ends meet: Food Insecurity In California Not all immigrants are subject to public charge and most public nutrition programs are safe and open to all, regardless of immigration status. Still, we know California immigrants avoid accessing CalFresh and similar supports for fear of negative immigration consequences. That’s [...]

CalFresh Forum Postponed

Happy 2021 from the Nourish California CalFresh Team. We’ve been thinking about this year’s CalFresh Forum —  our 22nd annual — and how we should proceed given the need to stay safely distanced. We considered holding a virtual Forum, since we’re all used to zooming these days. But [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

How the Departing Trump Administration Could Weaken School Meal Nutrition Rules

Struggling to make ends meet: Food Insecurity In California The Trump Administration is still in the driver’s seat at the United States Department of Agriculture and pressing forward at full speed to cement policy changes before Biden officially takes office later in January. Among the last-ditch efforts is [...]

CalFresh: The Origin Story

A look back on the tenth anniversary of the launch CalFresh: The Origin Story Movie fans might know that Arnold Schwarzenegger gave birth in the movie Junior.  But did you know that he also gave birth to CalFresh, California’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)? Background After the Food [...]

We are now Nourish California!

Introducing Nourish California We’re excited to share that California Food Policy Advocates (CFPA) has become Nourish California. Here’s what’s new: The name. “Nourish California” conveys our clarified sense of mission, vision, and values. Nourishment requires more than equitable access to food-it requires equitable access to health, safety, social [...]

USDA Approves State Plan to Ease Older Adults’ Access to CalFresh

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) CalFresh Branch submitted a formal request to the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to waive the annual periodic report for CalFresh households enrolled under the state's Elderly Simplified Application Project (ESAP). This important policy change will reduce administrative barriers and improve [...]

Senate Human Services Committee Holds Hearing on Hunger During the Pandemic

On November 17, the Senate Human Services Committee held an Informational Hearing, “Fighting Hunger:  Food Assistance for Vulnerable Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Nourish California applauds the Committee Chair, Senator Hurtado, for convening the hearing  to better inform Committee members, administrators, and the general public about the alarmingly high [...]

Webinar Recording: Policy and Practice Opportunities to Support Children of Immigrants

Tips for Connecting Immigrant Families to Nutrition Resources Our friends at No Kid Hungry put together this info-packed webinar to share policy and practice opportunities for connecting children of immigrants to critical nutrition resources during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Our presentation highlights the collaborative and intentional effort [...]

State Acts to Improve CalFresh Access for Older Adults

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) CalFresh Branch submitted a formal request to the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to waive the annual periodic report for CalFresh households enrolled under the state's Elderly Simplified Application Project (ESAP). This important policy change will reduce administrative barriers and improve [...]

DC Court Strikes Down USDA’s ABAWD Rule Change

The U.S. District Court for D.C. struck down USDA’s proposed final rule on SNAP/CalFresh time limits from taking effect. For the 700,000 household that were expected to lose SNAP (CalFresh in CA) under the waiver changes, this is very welcome news.

CFPA and Partners Urge Support of HEROES Act – H.R. 1753

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a revised HEROES Act – House Resolution 1753. Our organizations support the HEROES Act and call on the U.S. Senate to pass it and the President to sign it so that the much needed economic relief it offers will reach Americans this [...]

Congress Passes Short Term Funding Bill – Joint Statement from Advocates

Today, the President was presented Continuing Resolution (H.R. 8337) after it was passed out of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate and it is pending his signature. H.R. 8337 will deliver much needed nutrition assistance to millions of California students and their families. We applaud [...]

New Survey Data Show Hunger Is a Racial Justice Issue

Summer has come to an end, but both COVID-19 and hunger continue to threaten the lives of Californians, especially Black and Latinx people.

Public Charge Rule In Effect: Help Inform with New Immigrant Health Resource

It’s official, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will apply the 2019 public charge rule to all future and pending green card applications submitted on or after Feb. 24, 2020. This reinstatement follows a September 11 decision in the ongoing litigation against the rule, wherein the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a nationwide injunction imposed in [...]

Take Action! Join Us for a National Call-in Day On Wednesday, September 16th

We need your help with one last big push to secure comprehensive COVID relief. Federal negotiations have stalled, and without congressional action millions of Californians will lose out on the resources they need to weather this crisis.
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