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Advocate for Hunger Relief

Food banks play a critical role in ending hunger, but we can’t do it alone. Fighting hunger is not only about providing emergency food to people in need – it also means taking action and supporting legislation and policies that reduces hunger.

Our 2015 Priorities are:

Protecting & Strengthening Government Nutrition Programs

Our country’s first line of defense against hunger is our government nutrition programs. Tragically, these programs have seen dramatic cuts in recent years, at a time when poverty and hunger rates are increasing. (California has one of the highest rates of child food insecurity in the nation, at 27.3%.)

Food bank advocacy efforts are essential for protecting and strengthening the safety net programs that can prevent hunger, including:

  • School lunch and breakfast programs for students from low-income families
  • Summer feeding programs that benefit students who might otherwise go hungry when school is out of session
  • SNAP/CalFresh benefits (formerly known as food stamps)

 State Budget: Rebuild and Reinvest in California’s Safety Net

Vital health care and human services programs that provide a safety net for low-income Californians were cut deeply for several years beginning in 2006. The state budget returned to balance and we now have a significant budget surplus.

California should now work to reinvest in our social safety net programs that help reduce hunger, including:

  • CalWORKs
  • SSI/SSP
  • IHSS

How to get involved:

The best way to get started as a Hunger Advocate is to join our online advocate community. Become a Hunger Fighter by signing up for our e-news mailing list. We will send you public policy updates and action alerts as needed.

Resources:

Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)

Feeding America

California Food Policy Advocates (CFPA)

Western Center on Law and Poverty (WCLP)

Hunger Legislation Tracker

QUESTIONS?

For more information about how you can help take action against hunger, please contact Lisa Sherrill at (925) 676-7543 extension 206 or lsherrill@foodbankccs.org.