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Advocate for Hunger Relief and Prevention
Food banks play a critical role in ending hunger, but we can’t do it alone. Our food bank strategically engages in advocacy work to raise awareness and mobilize support to end hunger, improve economic security, and promote health and well-being for our community members. This includes informing the public and policymakers about food insecurity, educating them on policies and programs that will improve food access, and encouraging them to partner with us to end hunger.
Public policy has an enormous impact on the amount of resources that our food bank is able to distribute, as well as the amount of assistance needed by members of our community. Ending hunger is not only about providing emergency food to people in need – it also means taking action and organizing to pass public policies and legislation that support our food bank’s long-term strategies to ensure universal access to sufficient, affordable, and nutritious foods.
2019 State Anti-Hunger Priorities
- Strengthen emergency food assistance networks by increasing funding for food banks.
- Improve access and participation in the CalFresh nutrition assistance program.
- Strengthen and increase participation in child nutrition programs.
- Improve food security for low-income Californians by strengthening and increasing SSI/SSP grants for seniors and people with disabilities, CalWORKs grants for families with young children, and the Earned Income Tax Credit for working families.
2019 Federal Anti-Hunger Priorities
- Expand access to child nutrition programs including school breakfast and lunch, summer meals, and supplemental nutrition assistance for women, infants, and children
- Protect and strengthen the federal nutrition assistance program SNAP (known as CalFresh in California)
- Support USDA commodity purchases of non-perishable foods for food bank distributions
Please contact Cassidie Bates at [email protected] with any questions about our legislative agenda.
CalFresh Outreach Reduce stigma, improve public perception, and increase participation in the CalFresh program.
School Meals Outreach Increase awareness, accessibility, and participation in school breakfast, lunch, and summer meal programs.
- Sign up for Advocacy Alerts: The best way to get involved in our advocacy efforts is to sign up for our HungerFighters e-newsletter. We will send you monthly public policy updates and action alerts to keep you informed of the issues and proposed solutions.
- Contact Your Elected Representatives: Policymakers at federal, state, and local levels make important decisions that can have a tangible impact on food access and quality of life in our communities. As a constituent, your voice matters. Let your elected representatives know that ending hunger is a priority and help us educate them on what they can do to relieve it.
- Share Your Story: Our Food Bank works to elevate the voices of community members that rely on our programs and nutrition assistance to make ends meet. Help us ensure that your story is heard by policymakers by telling us about the challenges you have faced in accessing sufficient, affordable, and nutritious foods.
- Take a stand at Hunger Action Day: Every year in May hundreds of anti-hunger advocates rally in Sacramento to raise awareness of hunger and call on our elected officials to take action. We hope that you will join us next year to raise your voice against hunger!