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The Hunger Challenge: Fueling Up Without Breaking Down

Guest post by Emily Henry of the Pleasant Hill Patch: Monday is the start of The Hunger Challenge, a five-day “exercise in empathy” organized by the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. Participants must live on a food budget of $4.46 per day — the amount provided to low-income individuals and families through the CalFresh… 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 Proposes Harmful Cuts that Will Leave More Californians Hungry

In his 2012-13 budget proposal released yesterday, Governor Brown included $2.5 billion in cuts to safety net programs that serve low-income households at risk of hunger. These proposals come on top of difficult cuts in last year’s budget that contributed to a sobering $15 billion in cumulative cuts to health and human services made since… Read More »

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Congressman Garamendi Visits the Food Bank

At a time of record need and our Food Bank and partner agencies are stretched thin, cuts to nutrition assistance would be devastating for struggling families and our community. Charity simply cannot make up the difference if programs like SNAP, the Emergency Food Assistance Program, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, or WIC is cut. We… Read More »

Governor Signs Bills to Help Fight Hunger

Governor Brown has signed a number of bills that will help improve access to the CalFresh program and reduce hunger in California. Anti-hunger advocates have much to celebrate this year, as legislation signed by the Governor will finally end fingerprint imaging in the CalFresh program — a change we have championed for almost a decade.… Read More »

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The Capitol Goes Orange for Hunger Awareness

Anti-hunger advocates from across the state, Food Bank staff, the offices of Assemblymembers Yamada, Fuentes, Weickowski and Mitchell, and others participated in “The Capitol Goes Orange for Hunger Awareness” day on Wednesday in Sacramento. The participants wore orange – the official color of hunger awareness – to bring attention to hunger issues across the state… Read More »

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Capitol Goes Orange

Let’s go orange for Hunger Action Month!  Join anti-hunger advocates from across the state, Food Bank staff, the offices of Assemblymembers Yamada, Fuentes, Beall, Skinner and others to participate in “The Capitol Goes Orange for Hunger Awareness”  day TODAY (Wednesday, September 21st) in Sacramento.  They are asking that staff members wear orange – the official color of… Read More »

California One Step Closer to Eliminating Fingerprint Imaging

Guest post by David Lee, Director of Government Relations & Advocacy for Feeding America: After a lot of legislative activity over the last two weeks, August 31 the California Senate passed an amended version of AB 6, the bill that would remove the fingerprint imaging requirement for CalFresh (the state name for SNAP) applicants and… Read More »

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Veggies for Everyone

We often look for other agencies to partner with in our produce distribution program while school is out, and this summer we provided food to children of migrant farm workers. When I did my regular site visit, the program staff told me how the produce really helped out the families each week since all the… Read More »

Budget Control Act of 2011

Congress came to a verbal agreement on the debt ceiling Sunday evening. The House voted in favor of the Budget Control Act of 2011 (bill text) yesterday evening, and the Senate passed it earlier today.  All house representatives in California voted in favor of the bill except for a handful of representatives who did not… Read More »

Protect Our Safety Net, Protect Our Families

Close to $2 of every $10 of income Americans received last year were from federal benefits like unemployment, food stamps, and social security according to Moody’s Analytics. For every job opening in the US there are 4.6 unemployed workers according to the Labor Department. So what do families facing these challenges do? Read how Francisco… Read More »

California Food Banks React to Signing of State Budget

Guest post by Sue Sigler, Executive Director of California Association of Food Banks: Last week Governor Brown signed a state budget package to close California’s $9.6 billion funding shortfall for the 2011-12 fiscal year. While food banks across the state are relieved that a budget was passed without further cuts to the safety net, we… Read More »