CalFresh is a systemic answer to food insecurity, which disproportionately affects people of color. For every meal provided by food banks, nine are provided through CalFresh. CalFresh needs to be strengthened and made more accessible at both the state and federal level. We will advocate for a robust Farm Bill which improves this program’s ability to reduce hunger for all low-income people.
Increase Benefits: As inflation drives food prices higher, we will advocate for the USDA to increase SNAP benefits to match family food needs more closely. This is especially important in high cost of living areas like ours where the federal poverty guidelines do not match the reality of a household’s financial stability.
Inclusion: We will advocate for a CalFresh program which meets the needs of all those who need food assistance. This includes advocating for a federal ban on states excluding those reentering their communities after incarceration. Additionally, we will advocate for low-income college students so that attending college full-time meets the work requirement.
Access: We will advocate for a CalFresh application process that is not burdensome by increasing access to benefits online, in person and by phone. We will advocate for improved options for ordering food online and expanding access to hot, prepared foods for all CalFresh recipients, including prepared meals sold at grocery store delis.
Food4All: The California Food Assistance Program will soon be expanded to all low-income immigrants age 55+. We will advocate for this important, innovative food assistance program to be expanded to all age ranges.