Policy / Advocacy

Anti Hunger Policy Updates

Great News!

October, 2011. SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced today that he has signed a package of bills to improve food security and support for lower-income seniors and working families.
• AB 6 by Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes (D-Los Angeles) – CalWORKs and CalFresh.
• AB 69 by Assemblymember Jim Beall (D-San Jose) – Senior nutrition benefits.
• AB 152 by Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes (D-Los Angeles) – Income tax credits for voluntary donations to food ban
ks and State Emergency Food Assistance Program.
• AB 402 by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) – CalFresh program: School Lunch Program information.
• AB 581 by Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) – California Healthy Food Financing Initiative.
• AB 959 by Assemblymember Brian Jones (R-La Mesa) – CalWORKs and CalFresh: reporting.
• SB 43 by Senator Carol Liu (D-Pasadena) – CalFresh Employment and Training program.
Thank you California Food Policy Advocates www.cfpa.net/ and to all the anti-hunger network who has been working together the past few years to support these bills!
SDHC is committed to ending hunger through food system policy and advocacy. In partnership with the California Food Policy Advocates, below is a list of statewide public policies dedicated to improving the health and well being of low-income Californians by increasing their access to nutritious and affordable food.


Food System Policy Updates:

With the completion of the Food System Assessment Report, the Food System Working Group partnered with Roots of Change organization to coordinate the San Diego Urban-Rural Roundtable (SD-URRT).


The SD-URRT brought together over 100 leaders and stakeholders from around the San Diego region between March 21 and June 6, 2011, to develop a set of recommendations aimed at building a healthy, fair, economically thriving, and environmentally sustainable food system for all residents of San Diego County.

The Roundtable presented their food system policy recommendations to Roundtable participants presented their recommendations to San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, County Supervisor Ron Roberts, and Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Karen Ross on June 6, 2011. These food system policy recommendations can be found here in the SD URRT report:


Watch video clip here about Roots of Change & the Urban Rural Roundtable: 


In May of 2009, the San Diego Food System Working Group was formed with a grant from The California Endowment. The San Diego Hunger Coalition was member of the Food System Working Group in which the members who had been collaborating extensively, yet separately, for many years, began a formal collaboration on the Food System Assessment and Action Plan included here.


At the heart of the Working Group’s objectives for a food secure, thriving local food system is collaboration amongst stakeholders. In this regard, the process of conceptualizing and executing an assessment and developing recommendations served as a strategic opportunity to demonstrate this collaboration. The process of goal-setting and indictor identification was supported by professional facilitation from Ag Innovations Network and foodshed assessment experts from the University of California Davis. Ultimately, a framework and three overarching visions were selected in parallel to the California AgVision 2030 process under way at the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

2011 State Legislative Agenda


AB 69 (Beall)
Senior nutrition benefits

AB 6 (Fuentes)
CalWORKs and CalFresh

AB 828 (Swanson)
Food stamps: eligibility: drug felonies

AB 727 (Mitchell)
Public contracts: healthy and sustainable foods

See our Policy/Advocacy page for more detailed text of each billLegislative Update
Provided by Western Center on Law & Poverty

SB 43 (Liu) This bill would remove mandatory requirements in the CalFresh Employment and Training (E&T) Program when the state or a sub-region is federally determined to have high unemployment. This bill was passed with unanimous support from the Senate and the Assembly Human Services. It will be voted on the floor of the Assembly on Thursday, September 1st – then back to the Senate for concurrence.

AB 6 (Fuentes) This bill adopts simplified, semi-annual reporting for CalWORKs and CalFresh, eliminates finger imaging for CalFresh and adopts the CalFresh ‘Heat & Eat’ Federal option to simplify and expand use of the standard utility allowance in the CalFresh program. Passed off of suspense and out of Senate. It is now on to Governor’s desk for signature. Call Governor Brown today to encourage he sign!

AB 69 (Beal): This bill would require the State Department of Social Services, to the extent permitted by federal law or other specified federal authority, to allow counties that satisfy certain criteria to simplify enrollment into CalFresh for potentially eligible low-income social security benefit recipients, utilizing existing information maintained by the Social Security Administration regarding these recipients. The bill would specify the department's duties in support of the enrollment efforts described in the bill. This bill is on Governor Brown’s desk for signature.

AB 138 (Beall) This bill would require the California Department of Aging to report data from the Elder Economic Security Standard Index (Elder Index), for each service area included in the state plan. Passed off of suspense file, out of Senate Floor. In Assembly for concurrence, then will go to Governor Brown’s desk.

AB 402 (Skinner) This bill would authorize a school district and a county superintendent of schools to enter into an agreement allowing families to begin a CalFresh application via their school meal application. AB 402 has been passed by both houses. It is now on Governor Brown’s desk for his signature.

?• AB 581 (Pérez) This bill would create the California Healthy Food Financing Initiative for the purpose of expanding access to healthy foods in underserved communities and, to the extent practicable, to leverage other funding, as specified. This bill is now in the Assembly for concurrence then will go to Governor Brown’s desk.

AB 828 (Swanson) This bill would end the CalFresh lifetime ban for all people with prior drug-related offences. AB 828 was voted off of the Assembly Floor and out of Senate Appropriations Suspense. This bill is on Governor Brown’s desk for signature.

AB 959 (Jones) This bill would align reporting requirements for the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program with the Medi-Cal and CalFresh programs by allowing for re-instatement of aid if a report or required verification is submitted within 30 days of the due date. Passed off of suspense file on its way to Senate Floor as of 9/1/11.

AB 1182 (Hernández) This bill would exclude the value of a licensed motor vehicle from consideration when determining or re-determining eligibility for the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program. On Senate floor now. Call Senators today!

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