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 »

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 »

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 »

Agriculture Appropriations Bill Hurts Food Assistance Programs

The 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill the House narrowly approved threatens our ability to help hungry people in our community by cutting food assistance for children, seniors and food banks. The House passed these cuts as one in five Californians report being unable to afford enough food. The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano is… Read More »

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Budget Cuts in Agriculture Appropriations Bill Unacceptable

I had the honor of listening in on a call this morning with Representatives Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) and George Miller (CA-7) and the press where they discussed the cuts included in the Agriculture and FDA Appropriations bill, which will be debated on the floor of the House of Representatives this week. The Agriculture and FDA… Read More »

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Visit to the State Capitol

The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano was represented in Sacramento last week for the California Association of Food Banks Annual Legislative Day! Our Executive Director Larry Sly and I visited all nine of our Assemblymembers’ and Senators’ offices that represent Contra Costa and Solano counties. We joined over 30 representatives from 20 California… Read More »

Day of Fasting

Yesterday was the national day of fasting — a fast in opposition to the proposed federal budget cuts to nutrition assistance and other safety net programs. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it all day without eating, but I did eat substantially less than I usually do. Even making it to lunch without eating wasn’t easy. But… Read More »

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Join National Call-In Day to Protect the Nutrition Safety Net!

As hundreds of advocates converge on Washington, DC for the 2011 National Anti-hunger Policy Conference, including representatives form Contra Costa and Solano counties, you can help us amplify our voice by joining our national call-in day today.  For those of you who will not be in Washington, you can still make your voice heard by… Read More »

House for passes Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act!

The U.S. House of Representatives today approved the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (S. 3307) by a bipartisan vote 264 to 157. “We are thrilled that congress has passed this bill that will provide nutritious food to millions of children,” said Larry Sly, executive director of the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. “We are… Read More »

Pass the child nutrition bill

With just two legislative weeks to complete the nation’s business for the year, including the Child Nutrition Reauthorization, we need to make sure Congress passes this bill! Here’s what you can do to help: Call Congress! If you haven’t already, call your Representative. If you have, call again. Dial 877-698-8228 to be directly connected to… Read More »

10,000 Letters Campaign: Make Your Voice Heard

Governor Schwarzenegger’s proposed budget would eliminate the California Food Assistance Program, cut Supplemental Security Income, and decimate the CalWORKS program and other vital services, all of which will exacerbate hunger in your community and throughout the state. With just a short time left before Governor Schwarzenegger introduces his May Revision budget, it’s imperative that voices… Read More »