As COVID-19 lockdown worsens hunger, California must increase access to food benefits

P-EBT extended benefits press release

Press Release Pandemic-EBT 1.0 Extended Benefits November 24, 2020 Bilen Mesfin Packwood, , 510-681-5978 (Oakland, CA) – Just in time for the holidays, the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) is mailing new Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) benefit cards for the months of August and September to eligible families. The [...]

Pandemic response shows hunger is a problem that can be solved

State Of Food Insecurity In California

The number of households that don’t have enough food to eat is growing. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture suggesting that more than 10 percent of American households experienced food insecurity in 2019.

Advocates looking at longer term solutions as food insecurity grows during pandemic

The number of households that don’t have enough food to eat is growing. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture suggesting that more than 10 percent of American households experienced food insecurity in 2019.

Hunger rises in Bay Area as pandemic lingers

Navy veteran Andy Cuevas has always prided himself on being self-sufficient. But when the pandemic hit and the Belmont resident was laid off from work as a veterans’ coordinator at Cañada College.

Del Paso Neighbors Keep Food Fresh for Families in Hard Times

Stretching grocery money and rationing meals was already the norm for many families in Del Paso Heights—a tight-knit neighborhood northeast of downtown.

USDA extends free school meal program after backlash

In a significant reversal, the USDA announced it will extend its free grab-and-go school meal program, after backlash over its plan to let the program expire at the end of September, in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

Families worried now that coronavirus-inspired federal food assistance is over with school back in session

The window to apply for a federal nutrition program that provides grocery funds for children who qualify for free-and-reduced lunch has closed because it was always intended as a one-time payment when schools were closed for the summer.

Food relief is critical to economic recovery

As veterans of the Great Recession, we feel a strong sense of deja vu in the current economic crisis. While we didn’t have to face the challenges of social distancing or rising death tolls in rebuilding the economy during the Great Recession, many other struggles are familiar, including [...]

Poverty, Hunger & Homelessness Expected To Rise If Unemployment & SNAP Benefits Aren’t Expanded

On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing how the loss of additional unemployment benefits is impacting people who are struggling. Two months ago, House Democrats passed a bill to extend the extra $600 a week in federal benefits. Republicans want to reduce benefits to $200 a week.

Congress is working on another stimulus package; it should help all immigrant Californians

Opinion: One Thing We All Agree On

If there is one issue most Americans would agree on right now, it’s that we should protect our youngest children from hunger during the Covid-19 crisis. And yet the pandemic-related closure of child care facilities in California and across the country means hundreds of thousands of infants and [...]

‘It’s like a vicious cycle’: How the pandemic leaves the poor not only exposed, but hungry

Rarely does a mother try to stop her child from drinking a glass of milk. But with schools closed and unemployment spiking during the pandemic, Lissete Frausto, a mother of two in Oakland, finds she has little choice.

Food Benefits Available to Children Who Qualify for Free or Reduced-Price School Meals; But Window to Apply Closes on July 15

CFPA and our partners released the following statements. P-EBT Press Release

Our elected leaders should do more to help feed hungry children during the summer of COVID-19

6.22.20 CalMatters, link

How a pandemic exposed racial inequality, food insecurity in California’s Central Valley

6.19.20 Fresno Bee, link

Proposed Law Would Streamline Food Assistance Application Process For Seniors

6.17.20 KPBS, link

Online grocery ordering still unavailable for many vulnerable to COVID-19

6.16.20 KTVU 2, link

OPINION: In the age of COVID-19, California must remove barriers to food assistance with SB 882

6.15.20 Op-Ed, Hub LA, link

Remove barriers to accessing CalFresh, the state’s food assistance program

6.10.20 Op-ed, CalMatters, link

How Grocery Shopping Online Could Help Close Equity Gaps

6.8.20 California Health Report, link

Op-Ed: SB 882, a bill to make food more available

6.7.20 Orange County Register, PDF

How Grocery Shopping Online Could Help Close Equity Gaps

6.4.20 Yes Magazine, link

Mothers Who Rely on Federal Food Aid Struggle to Get Groceries Safely During the Covid-19 Outbreak

6.1.20 Time, link
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