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.
2016 Anti-Hunger Legislative Agenda
Increase state funding and incentivize private donations for emergency food assistance networks
SEFAP (State Emergency Food Assistance Program) Establish a state funding mechanism for food banks (SEFAP) that invests $5 million annually in California’s emergency food assistance network. Position: Support
AB 1577 (Eggman) Establish a 15% wholesale value tax credits to agricultural producers who donate to California food banks. Position: Support
Improve access to and streamline the federal nutrition assistance program CalFresh
Market Match Program Invest $5 million annually in California’s Nutrition Incentive Matching Grant Program to double CalFresh recipients’ purchasing power when buying fresh produce. Position: Support
AB 1770 (Alejo) Update CalFresh eligibility standards to include all legally present immigrants and refugees who meet all other eligibility rules. Position: Support
AB 2057 (Stone) Clarify laws concerning replacement benefits for CalFresh recipients fleeing domestic violence. Position: Support
Strengthen nutritional aspects of income support programs
AB 1584 (Brown) Increase Supplemental Security Income (SSI) grants to low-income seniors and people with disabilities, only $10 of which is allocated for monthly food expenses. Position: Support
Expand access to school meals during the school year and nutrition assistance during summer months
Breakfast After the Bell Require schools where over 60% of students are low-income to offer breakfast after the bell and those with over 80% to provide free breakfast to all pupils after instruction begins. Position: Support
AB 2054 (Thurmond) Design a Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children program (SEBTC) to provide nutrition assistance benefits to eligible households during the summer when kids lose access to school meals. Position: Support
- 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 Carly Finkle at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about our legislative agenda.
- 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.