Category: Advocacy

Governor’s Budget fails to lift SSI recipients out of poverty

On Tuesday Governor Brown revealed a conservative 2016-17 Budget Proposal that maintains recession-era cuts to the vital Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Program. SSI is a very basic income available to blind, disabled, and aged individuals who have limited or no income and resources. The maximum grant for an individual is just 90% of the federal… Read More »

Newly released White House Report outlines strategy to end hunger and increase opportunity  

President Obama’s Advisory Council for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships released a report last week that provides recommendations to the incoming President on combatting economic inequality in America. This report, Strengthening Efforts to Increase Opportunity and End Poverty, argues that we must go beyond service provision to address past and present systems of structural racism and… Read More »

2016 Anti-Hunger Bills in Review

Last Friday, September 30th marked the Governor’s final deadline to sign off on bills approved by the state legislature in 2016. This session was full of satisfying victories and disappointing losses. After months of traveling up to Sacramento to testify in policy hearings, meeting with and educating our elected officials on the issue of hunger,… Read More »

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Hunger Action Month Spotlight on CalFresh

What is CalFresh? CalFresh is a federal nutrition assistance program that serves as one of the most important safeguards against hunger in America.  Low-income households that qualify for CalFresh receive monthly electronic benefits that can be used to purchase groceries at most grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and food retailers. Why is the Food Bank involved?… Read More »

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Food Bank Inducted Into the Advocacy Hall of Fame

The Food Bank’s New Year’s Resolution was to focus on anti-hunger advocacy in addition to continuing to provide food to 190,000 people each month. Just over half way through the year we are proud to announce that the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano has been inducted into Feeding America’s 2016 Advocacy Hall of… Read More »

New State Budget Tackles Hunger

The State Budget is more than an estimate of California’s annual revenues and expenses; it is an expression of our collective values and priorities. The expansion of anti-hunger investments in the 2016-17 State Budget, which Governor Brown signed into law on Monday, June 27, 2016, reflects a strengthened commitment to end hunger in California. In… Read More »

Proposed Budget Cuts Threaten Nutrition Assistance

Federal nutrition assistance programs are under attack, once more. This month the House Budget Committee passed a FY2017 Budget Resolution that would cut $3.5 trillion from programs for low-income households over the next ten years, including $150 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). If enacted, these changes would exacerbate hunger and… Read More »

Food Bank Has Programs For Children

Originally posted on the Vacaville Reporter: An astonishing one out of five children within our community is food-insecure. Child hunger doesn’t just affect children. It affects parents and our society as a whole. When children grow up with chronic hunger, we know that they experience significant physiological damage because their growing bodies don’t get the… Read More »

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President’s Last Budget Would Strengthen Food Security

Earlier this month President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2017 budget, which outlines his aspirations for his final year in office. Although the Senate and House budget committees have both rejected the budget sight unseen, it includes vital support for federal nutrition programs and reinforces the Administration’s commitment to ending hunger in America. Here are… Read More »

New Earned Income Tax Credit Available to Low-Income Californians

Last year California became the 26th state to expand upon the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and offer low-income workers a state tax credit to encourage employment and offset income taxes. For the first time, qualifying households will receive both a federal and state EITC when they file their 2015 returns this tax season.… Read More »