Big Decisions on Anti Hunger Funding , End of May 2021

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Important State Budget Decisions to be Made on Anti-Hunger Programs Over the Weekend---Call or Email Today

1-Let's Make CalFresh Easier for Seniors and People with Disabilities

While SB 107 (Wiener) awaits a vote on the Senate Floor, we have a crucial opportunity to pass the policy through the state budget. State leaders will make final budget decisions over the next few weeks. They need to hear from you that the state should create a shorter, simpler application and ensure all forms can be completed over the phone without extra red tape.

Now is the time to make CalFresh work better for everyone — especially seniors and people with disabilities who face additional barriers. We shouldn't make it hard for people who've fallen on hard times to get help getting basic food assistance.

2-Food4All Action Alert: Key Leaders Need to Hear from You

Now is the time to make your voice heard. State Legislative leaders and the Governor are making final decisions about which proposals will be funded in the 2021-22 state budget. We need to ensure Food4All is one of the top priorities.

Food4All would end the unjust immigrant exclusion in CalFresh by expanding eligibility in the California Food Assistance Program (CFAP) to all immigrants who can't participate in CalFresh solely due to their immigration status. Learn more on the Food4All Campaign Page.

3-Ask for $20 Million for California Nutrition Incentive Program

The Governor included $15 million but we need to boost it up to $20 million for this program, which helps low income folks purchase more fresh California grown fruits and vegetables at 300 farmers markets and helps our state's farm economy while fighting hunger.

State legislators need to hear more about the broad support for the CNIP program, so on Thursday, May 27 and Thursday, June 3, we will act together to raise key decision makers’ awareness of the Market Match program over social media and the support needed from the California State legislature to #FundCNIP. We hope you will join us! Tag elected officials and your partner organizations to let them know how California farmers and families benefit from CNIP. Everything you need to do this is in the linked social media toolkit.





Thank you so much for raising the visibility of CNIP/Market Match with elected officials.

(Apologies for any cross posting.)


HOW TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD   Call/Email Key Decision Makers

Call or send your own email

Direct calls and emails make a difference! Contact these key decision makers to let them know you want to ensure funding for CalFresh simplification, Food 4 All, and CNIP is included in the state budget. You can also find your Representative here and share the same message below.

  1. Governor Gavin Newsom
    (916) 445-2841
  2. Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins
    (916) 651-4039
  3. Speaker of the Assembly, Anthony Rendon
    (916) 319-2063
  4. Senator Nancy Skinner, Chair, Senate Budget Committee
    (916) 651-4009
  5. Assemblymember Phil Ting, Chair, Assembly Budget Committee (916) 319-2019

Sample Script for CalFresh Simplification:
Hello, My name is _____ from _____ (either location or organization) and I am CALLING/WRITING to urge _____ (Member Name) to support a simplified CalFresh application for seniors and people with disabilities in the final state budget package. I also support making sure that all CalFresh forms can be completed over the phone. Thank you. 

Sample Script for Food 4 All: 
Hello, My name is _____ from _____ (either location or organization) and I am CALLING/WRITING to urge _____ (Member Name) to support Food4All in the final state budget package. Food4All would expand eligibility in the California Food Assistance Program to all those who need critical food assistance, regardless of their immigration status. 

[OPTIONAL: SHARE YOUR STORY in one or two sentences.]

California needs to end the unjust exclusion of immigrants from CalFresh, our most effective anti-hunger program. Thank you for considering this important issue.


More: See these links for more details including Social Media Toolkits:


Food4All Budget call to action

CalFresh Simplification Budget call to action

Thank you for your support and advocacy!

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March 9 2021 Legislation Update

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Food Justice News March 9, 2021

1 . California: An Opportunity in 2021 For Strong Anti-Hunger Policies

2.  Hunger Action LA Needs Volunteer Drivers


1 . California: An Opportunity in 2021 For Strong Anti-Hunger Policies

The state budget and legislative season is in full swing. Advocates have coalesced around a group of proposals to expand anti-hunger assistance to children, seniors, and immigrants, especially those who have been risking their lives by performing essential services used by all of us, yet are not eligible for many benefits such as CalFresh (California’s SNAP program.) Over the coming weeks and months we’ll be calling on the public to support these proposals, which will help many people suffering in our state .

Already, a key demand has been won by the advocates. In January, the Governor  proposed a $600 stimulus payment for those who receive California’s Earned Income Credit benefit (Cal EITC.) Over the following 6 weeks, the anti-hunger community called for that payment to be extended also to SSI recipients, who are all below the poverty level. SSI recipients were key participants in the campaign, sharing their life stories with legislators, resulting in a victory---they will be included in the Golden State Stimulus.

You can be part of the fight to win better anti-hunger policy! Join us for Hunger Action Week in May (10th through 14th) when we will conduct virtual legislative visits to encourage our Assemblymembers and Senators to pass some powerful proposals.  Contact [email protected] if you want to participate!

Here’s a summary of the proposed legislation:


Support Food as a Human Right

  • SB 108 (Hurtado) - Every human being has the right to access sufficient healthy food. This bill would require the state to take that fact into consideration anytime that legislative or administrative changes are made to food programs so that they are structured to serve the broadest possible population.

Support Programs That Help Farmers And Low Income Consumers

Food bank veggies

Boxes of veggies behind the gate at LA Regional Food Bank. The Farm to Family program ships about 50 truckloads per week to food banks around the state


  • SB 240 (Eggman) Farm to Family Tax Credit - Support farmers and reduce waste by extending the 15% tax credit , which expires December 2021, for California grown fruits, vegetables, proteins, and pantry essentials. These are farm goods that are supplied to food banks.


 Mkt Match vouchers

  • Budget Request for $20 million for the California Nutrition Incentives Program (CNIP), which provides funding for the popular Market Match program at 250 farmers markets in California. Market Match provides bonus dollars for CalFresh participants to obtain more fruits and vegetables and provided 15 million servings of produce last year. Participation shot up 50% last year during the pandemic. Find markets near you that offer the program at


Immigrant Food Access

  • AB 221 (Santiago) - Provide Emergency Food Benefits for immigrants adversely affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic and left out of state and federal relief. Many of these immigrants are risking infection daily by providing essential services.
  • SB 464: The Food for All Campaign - Create an equitable nutrition assistance program by providing permanent nutrition benefits for those ineligible for CalFresh solely due to immigration status. This is a goal that will be accomplished in several stages.

Older Adults

  • SB 107 (Wiener): CalFresh—Simpler for Seniors - Simplify the CalFresh application for older adults and people with disabilities. Make it easier to complete the application and other forms by phone.
  • Master Plan for Aging (MPA) - Fully fund and implement Initiatives in MPA under Goal 5 “Affordable Aging” & Strategy C “Protection from Poverty & Hunger.”

School-Age Kids

  • Invest in School Meals for All - Make targeted State investments that allow all students to access meals free of charge in schools where federal rules would otherwise make such programs unachievable or unsustainable.

Kids Age 0-5 & Child Care

  • Food with Care - Increase state funding for providers to compensate for the increased cost of food and foodservice during the pandemic and during the recovery.

For more information on any of these bills and proposals, contact [email protected]


2.  Hunger Action LA Needs Volunteer Drivers

Contact us at [email protected] if you have some time to volunteer. We need:

*Delivery drivers to take food or meal bags to disabled, blind or senior households under pandemic lockdown. We collect food at 1:30 pm on Wednesday and deliveries go to South LA, Long Beach, San Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley, Inglewood, Compton,  and Harbor Gateway cities. You can volunteer for 2 to 5 deliveries (or more.) Contact [email protected] for further details.

Join the over 100 who have volunteered with us so far since the pandemic and thank you very much!


Volunteer Bonnie loading up her car with food bags for homebound seniors


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Food & Justice News June 2nd, 2020

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Hunger Action LA condemns not only the police brutality that sparked the current uprising but all the cumulative actions of systemic racism that contributed to it, that built up the pile to which the murder of George Floyd by Derek Chauvin has lit the flame. We do not support looting including looting of buildings by opportunists on the street or looting of the public treasury by politicians working on behalf of those who want to maintain the status quo. That status quo is inequality of races and an economic system whose goalposts forever recede in the distance so that people give up trying to “live” because they’re too busy trying to “survive.”


To wit: the meager program of public assistance called SSI on which 1.2 million of our brothers and sisters in California depend. See below alert. Let’s keep the struggle going on the street and in the often opaque arena of public policy. As Jimi Hendrix wrote:


I just want to know about your different lives, on this here people farm

I heard some of you got your families, living in cages tall and cold
And some just stay there and dust away, past the age of old
Is this true? Please let me talk to you




Below are directions for how to email through Gov. Newsom’s website and a template message. Let us know when you’ve emailed. Thank you!

  1. Go to
  2. Screen 1: Enter your name, email, and choose “Budget Proposal 2020-21”

  3. Screen 2: Position is Con, write your message. A template is below, and feel free to edit.

    Template Email:


    Dear Governor Newsom,


    I am writing to oppose the SSI/SSP cut in your May Revise budget proposal and instead urging you to adopt the Senate’s budget proposal that would prevent cuts to the SSP COLA.


    The proposed cuts will exacerbate the profound impact that COVID-19 has on low-income older and immunocompromised Californians, women and people of color. People on SSI are one of the most impacted populations in the health care crisis because they’re high risk to get sick from Covid-19, worsening already present inequities. A CalBudget Center brief published in February 2020 reports that SSI is a critical support for older women and people of color because they have faced structural inequality in the labor market. We cannot let the value of this program and the economic disparity between women and people of color fall behind even more, at the time when they need help the most.


    SSI recipients have been advocating to restore the Great Recession cuts for over a decade and have only received one COLA, while other programs have been restored and new programs have been created and funded. It’s not much money by most people’s standards, but every dollar means a lot to people living on the edge. If this cut is implemented, how many years will it take after the COVID-19 crisis for it to be restored, let alone to bring the 1.2 million seniors and people with disabilities on SSI out of poverty? We appreciate that the Administration only proposes the cut as a trigger, but still a $5 per month cut would make a large difference for a person currently living at 89% of the federal poverty level.


    According to the IMPLAN economic analysis, SSP investments have a significant economic multiplier: Every $10 million in increased State Supplemental Payments would support $15 million in economic output (multiplier of 1.50), 93 jobs, and $0.9 million in state and local tax revenue. This is the kind of boost to the economy that we need.


    I hope to see that SSI/SSP will not be cut in the budget and that we can work toward seniors and people with disabilities living with dignity.




    [Your Name]


    Many thanks to Shanti Prasad and the CA4SSI coalition for this template and alert!

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Call Your Assemblymember and Senator Now: NO CUTS TO SSI

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Food Justice News May 29, 2020:


Call Your Assemblymember and Senator Now: NO CUTS TO SSI


The coronavirus pandemic has created a huge state budget deficit in California. In Governor Newsom’s May budget revise, he proposed cutting the State Supplemental Payment to SSI, which supports 1.3 million blind, senior and disabled Californians, as part of a set of “trigger cuts” that would be enacted if the state doesn’t get more pandemic related support from the federal government.

The state Senate earlier this week released their own list of trigger cuts, which did not include SSP. They recognized that cutting this benefit would only make the problem of homelessness worse and increase misery & hardship for the population that includes the most vulnerable to Covid infection.



Tell your Assemblymember, Do Not Cut SSI in the state budget.

Tell Your Senator: THANK YOU for not cutting SSI in your proposed budget and please hold the line on that cut.


Find out who your state assemblymember and senator are at this link:   


  • 3 million senior, blind or disabled Californians rely on SSI .
  • The payment is $943 per month (a little higher for certain people), which is below 100% of the poverty level.
  • $783 of the payment is “SSI” (Supplemental Security Income) from the federal government: $160 is the “SSP” from the state of California (State Supplemental Payment). Most people just know the term “SSI” and to keep it simple, this is enough for our state legislators.
  • SSI recipients only became eligible to get CalFresh food assistance about one year ago.
  • With only $943 a month many live on the verge of eviction.
  • Because SSI recipients have to spend all their money to survive, SSI actually is a stimulus to the economy; one estimate shows that $10 million of SSI in California provides a $15 million boost to the economy.
  • SSI also allows many people to live independently; they would otherwise be in skilled nursing homes which are costly to the state and are also threatened with budget cuts.
  • Cutting SSI would create homelessness, hunger, inability to afford transportation or co pays on medication, and misery for the most vulnerable people in the state.
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Food & Justice News April 28, 2020

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Food & Justice News April 13, 2020

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Food & Justice News Apr 13, 2020

Many thanks to our colleagues at various levels of government and advocacy who provided these crucial updates we’re passing along to you:

  1. How SSI Recipients And Others Who Don’t File Taxes Can Get The Stimulus
  2. LA County Begins Free Grocery Delivery Service
  3. WIC Expands Temporarily To Additional Foods
  4. CalFresh Boosted for March and April Benefits
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DPSS Coronavirus FAQ

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KTown Pho

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Hunger Action LA extends its gratitude to KTown Pho, who are donating BanhMi sandwiches on Wednesdays which we are taking to vulnerable seniors, homeless, and people with disabilities!
Here is their link:


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Stimulus Payments

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Dear Follower of Hunger Action LA:


The stimulus payments of $1,200 will be made automatically to most people in the U.S., including anyone who files a tax return, and most Social Security recipients.


But some of the most vulnerable people in our community won’t be able to get it unless they jump through hoops. Those are the millions of senior, blind or disabled persons who only receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This includes around a million people in California, many of them frail with life-threatening conditions that make survival difficult, even before the current crisis.


They can get the payments if they file a tax return. But the majority of them have either never had to file one because they have been blind or disabled from birth, or the last time they filed was years ago. And being in an especially vulnerable class, it is not easy for them to leave home and go hunting down a tax form.


Other recipients of benefits from the Social Security Administration are getting automatic direct payments. SSI recipients should, as well.


Call the Capitol Switchboard, ask for your Member of Congress. 


 (202) 224-3121


When you’re connected:

Ask them to sign the letter by Rep DeFazio demanding that SSI recipients get direct payments of the CARES Act stimulus payments.


SSI recipients should not have to file taxes to get stimulus payments, this is an injustice and basic issue of equity and fairness. 


Thank you


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HALA Needs Volunteers

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Hunger Action LA needs volunteers


Drivers to deliver meals and bagged food to recipients located all over LA County on Wednesdays: Meet on Wednesday, April 1, April 8, April 15, at 2 pm at 1432 West Adams Blvd, LA CA 90007 (at the farmers market)

Please provide your contact information to [email protected]


Donations of cash or by PayPal for us to purchase ready-made meals from Everytable in bulk discount so we can provide meals to vulnerable people not able to cook: and for purchases of fresh fruits and vegetables from farmers markets to supplement diets of the recipients while supporting our local farmers


Donations of food: Please no expired food except packaged food within 2 months of the “best buy” date. Frozen meat is okay, prepared frozen meals, we are trying to limit canned food due to health issues of recipients.

Provide your contact info to [email protected]


The recipients of the food are in the following priority groups

*Blind and low vision persons


*persons particularly vulnerable to coronavirus, or with a disability, who should not be outside standing in food lines or with a lot of people at the grocery store



[email protected]

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