Today — October 22 — is the last day to register to vote!

We urge you to register to vote in the election on Tuesday, November 6. If you live in California, it’s as easy as 1-2-3: 1. REGISTER Online at http://registertovote.ca.gov/ 2. GET INFORMED Find out what’s on your local ballot at www.smartvoter.org: type in your address to get your polling place and the list of races… Read More »

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Take Part in Hunger Action Month

While you’re getting back into the swing of things following the holiday weekend, don’t forget that Hunger Action Month has officially begun. Join anti-hunger advocates from across the country to raise awareness of the 49 million people in the US who face hunger by taking part in Hunger Action Month — a month-long campaign to… Read More »

ABC7 Listens

One of the easiest ways to help a nonprofit is to share their message. Thanks to ABC7 News, many local nonprofits were able to share their mission and needs with decision makers who could get the word out in a big way. ABC7 Morning News Co-Anchor Eric Thomas moderated a town hall meeting at the… Read More »

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Farm Bill Update: SNAP Cuts Pass House Ag Commitee

From the St. Anthony Foundation blog written by Colleen Rivecca, Advocacy Coordinator: Thanks to everyone who joined in on the national call-in day to support SNAP in the Farm Bill.  Here’s an update on the Farm Bill action from July 11. On Wednesday, July 11, the House Agriculture Committee voted to accept $16 billion in… Read More »

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Fewer Summer Meals Served Across California

Over 2 million (84 percent) of the children in California who benefitted from federally funded school meals during the academic year were not served by the federal summer meal programs in 2011. The report, School’s Out…Who Ate?, authored by California Food Policy Advocates* (CFPA), ties the elimination of summer school to the loss of affordable,… Read More »

Senate Passes Farm Bill

The Farm Bill that passed the Senate yesterday preserves the strong structure of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps). We commend the Senate for rejecting amendments that would have crippled the program and left millions of people who rely on the program for basic food poorer, hungrier, and unhealthier. The attacks by some… Read More »

The Stigma of SNAP

The myths that often stigmatize SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly Food Stamps) are being used to justify funding cuts that would make it harder for struggling families to get by. Last month the house approved a budget that proposes to cut SNAP by nearly 20 percent. Working as it was designed, SNAP responded quickly… Read More »

Take Action Now!

Take Action! The California legislature has until midnight today to approve the budget Governor Brown continues to push for cuts to CalWORKs, the state’s cash-aid program. If enacted, the proposed cuts would further weaken California’s safety-net. While the cuts do not directly impact CalFresh or Food Bank funding, they do negatively impact the very families… Read More »

SNAP Works! Pass it on.

This week, the Senate will take up the Farm Bill, with a final vote in the coming weeks.  During this time, the Senate will consider amendments and debate the bill passed by the Senate Agriculture Committee, which contained $4.49 Billion in cuts to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, CalFresh in CA and formerly the Food… Read More »

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Safety Net Needed to Keep California’s Families Afloat

Our effort to end hunger doesn’t stop with bags of groceries for our neighbors in need — we also work toward policies that will create a culture in which hunger can be eradicated. These days, stopping cuts to our safety net are our top priority. Food Bankers, pantry and soup kitchen volunteers and staff, nutritionists,… Read More »

Governor Releases May Revision to 2012-2013 State Budget

The following is an excerpt from the California Budget Project’s report: Governor Releases May Revision: Tax Collections Down and Deeper Cuts Proposed, Highlighting Need for a Balanced Approach With Significant Additional Revenues. We have included information about cuts to the two programs most likely to impact Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano clients directly:… Read More »

The Farm Bill is Coming

The Farm Bill is coming! Are you asking “what in the world is the Farm Bill and why should I care?” The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act is commonly known as the Farm Bill and covers a wide range of food and farming programs, including SNAP (formerly Food Stamps and currently known as CalFresh in… Read More »