DeSaulnier: Trump food-stamp cuts would increase hunger

By MARK DESAULNIER | Published in the Mercury News: November 20, 2018 at 6:45 am | UPDATED: November 20, 2018 at 12:55 pm   As we sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, let’s think of the millions of Americans who don’t know where their next meal will come from — and the millions more who will

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Your support is helping fire victims

The Food Bank’s efforts to help during Northern California’s unprecedented fire season have been ongoing. The unpredictable nature of fire means things change quickly, but we have a team helping whenever and wherever we can be of assistance. In case you missed our prior updates, you can catch up by

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Seniors and People With Disabilities Finally Get Hunger Relief

In a historic budget agreement signed by the Governor on June 27th, the state of California is finally easing hunger for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients. This 2018-19 budget deal will allow Californians on SSI to qualify for CalFresh nutrition assistance beginning in mid-2019. SSI is a safety net program

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Innovative Program Gives Hunger a Voice

To support grassroots solutions to hunger, the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano has piloted the Speaker Series. This advocacy-training program for community members with lived experiences of hunger is designed to lift up the voices of real people facing hunger issues so they can become agents for change

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Join the Food Bank for Hunger Action Day 2018

Did you know that 1 in 8 members of our community turns to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano each month? The Food Bank supports neighbors from all walks of life and in all corners of our community. Emergency food assistance is essential, but it isn’t enough. The

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No Immigration Action at Food Banks during Harvey

Food assistance needed without fear As part of the response plan for Hurricane Harvey, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Department (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a joint press release encouraging community members to seek emergency assistance without the fear of immigration action. The statement clarified

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President’s Budget Will Increase Hunger and Hardship

The president released his proposed FY 2018 budget this month that calls for $193 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) over the next decade. These deep cuts represent a 25 percent reduction in funding, a move that would increase hunger and deepen poverty for millions of

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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

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