Since 1992, Nourish California has played a crucial role in shaping the programs and policies that connect—and sometimes stand between—Californians and the food they need to thrive. We approach our work by focusing on the specific food needs within these communities:

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Young Children

We envision early care and early learning environments where all children have guaranteed access to nutritious, affordable meals.

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School-Age Children

We work to ensure that all children are well nourished and are able to thrive.

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Adults

We envision a California where all adults have the food they and their families need to thrive.

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Older Adults

We envision a California where all older people have the food they need to age with dignity.

Domestic Life
Immigrants

Our collective health and prosperity depend on all Californians having equitable access to nutritious, affordable food, no matter where they were born.

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Without equity, there is no food for all.

Our individual and collective well being depend on all Californians having consistent access to nutritious, affordable food.

Media Resources

Nourish California Stands for Racial Justice and Demands Accountability

Nourish California is outraged at the hateful and racist statements heard in a recording by former Los Angeles City Councilmember Nury Martinez, Councilmember Gil Cedillo, Councilmember Kevin De Leon, and former Los Angeles County Federation of Labor President Ron Herrera. We stand with Black and Indigenous communities and all Angelenos in calling for the immediate resignation of those involved. The anti-Black, anti-Indigenous, homophobic, and [...]

2022 Legislative Session Recap: Anti-Hunger Victories but More Help Needed

Throughout the 2022 Legislative session, Nourish California worked with members of California’s State Assembly and State Senate to help connect Californians to the food they need to live a better life. More importantly, we worked with organizations and individuals across the state that share our values and vision of a California for all. Together, we made progress toward our ultimate goal of disrupting poverty, [...]

2022-23 State Budget Includes Anti-Hunger Investments but Misses Opportunity for Historic Progress

This week, Governor Newsom and the Legislature reached a final agreement on the 2022-23 State Budget. The newly-signed $300 billion budget makes largely one-time investments, continues to build the state’s reserves, and includes a tax rebate program that will send direct payments to nearly 20 million Californians. While the spending plan makes significant investments to support Californians with low income, it fails to fully [...]

The Dignity and Necessity of Bodily Autonomy

Nourish California stands firmly with all who are fighting for their rights to bodily autonomy and choice. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and strike down the constitutional right to abortion is rooted in the long-standing oppression of race, gender, and reproductive rights.  All people deserve the right to determine the best choices for themselves and their families. All people [...]

CA invests in Food4All for undocumented immigrants 55 and older

BIG NEWS! Last night, the Governor and California Legislature reached an agreement on the final 2022-2023 State Budget which includes funding for Food4All to remove exclusions to the California Food Assistance Program (CFAP)/CalFresh for Californians 55 and older, regardless of immigration status. This means that California will be the first state in the nation to provide food assistance benefits to undocumented adults.  While this is a [...]

In Grief & Action

Days ago, 21 precious lives were ended at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas during yet another mass shooting.  Schools should be safe places of learning, enrichment, and nourishment. Churches should be safe places of worship. Grocery stores should be safe places where everyone has access to the food they need. As people, as parents, our team grieves with the families and communities that [...]

In Solidarity with Buffalo, NY

Earlier this month, ten people were killed and three more injured during a racist, hate-filled, white supremacist act of domestic terrorism at a grocery store that serves a predominantly Black community in Buffalo, NY.  People were attacked while shopping for food and while working to make food available to others. The attack targeted not just community members, but a community resource — a grocery [...]

Governor’s May Revision Falls Short on Nutrition Safety Net Investments

Last Friday, Governor Newsom introduced his May Revision to the 2022-23 State Budget proposal. The newly proposed budget uses record anticipated revenue to make largely one-time investments and continue to build reserves. The Governor’s plan includes virtually no new ongoing investments in food and nutrition programs. The proposal falls well short of what is needed to address the longstanding inequities in our state’s nutrition [...]

Governor Newsom Set to Remove Exclusions to Food Assistance for Older Undocumented Californians, But Leaves Out Hundreds of Thousands of Households Who Face Rising Food Insecurity

Los Angeles  – Today Governor Gavin Newsom announced his revised state budget plan, which included a proposal to remove exclusions to the California Food Assistance Program (CFAP) for Californians over age 55, regardless of immigration status. While this is an important step toward ensuring the health and wellbeing of older Californians, it misses a vital opportunity to ensure Californians of all ages who have [...]

Survey: Californians with Low or Moderate Income Worry About Running Out of Food Before They Can Afford to Buy More

For Release on November 17, 2021 Survey: Californians with Low or Moderate Income Worry About Running Out of Food Before They Can Afford to Buy More More Than Three in Five Report Actually Running Out of Food Contact: Angeles Nelson, Nourish California (English & Spanish) 619.376.6214 Lucia Del Puppo, FM3 Research (Survey and Methodology) 510.451.9521. Oakland, CA – A new statewide survey of Californians [...]