Hunger Relief Call-to-Action

When there's a need for the hunger relief community to come together, San Diego Hunger Coalition will keep you informed and give you the resources to make a difference. If you want to join our Hunger Advocacy, you can:

If you have questions or would like to get more involved, please contact John Millspaugh, Policy & Engagement Manager, at

Public Charge Rule Change

Update: A federal judge has blocked the new public charge rule with a nationwide injunction. This means the rule may not be implemented. Please help us spread the word and check back often for more information as it becomes available.

There is a lot of confusion about how public charge affects immigrants and refugee families. Even though the rule has been blocked for now, it is still important to know where you may safely get food assistance to see you through your time of need.

Please go to for more information.


We are calling on you become an Activist for a Hunger Free San Diego. Sign up for email action alerts to stay up-to-date about how to strengthen access to food resources. As a Hunger Free Activist, you will:

  • Stay up-to-date on issues of importance to our community

  • Receive a variety of options for participation so you can decide your level of engagement.

  • Access the information and tools you need to be effective – from specialized advocacy training to talking points.

  • Enjoy privacy. We will not share your name or information with anyone outside our organization without specifically asking for permission.

Your voice can make a real difference in the lives of everyday San Diegans struggling to feed their families. 

2019 Priority State Policy Initiatives

An important part of ending hunger in San Diego County is advocating for better policies statewide. Each year the San Diego Hunger Coalition and members of the Hunger Advocacy Network develop an advocacy agenda that protects and strengthens initiatives that support food security statewide. Below are the 5 bills and 2 budget requests that are a priority for the Hunger Advocacy Network in 2019.  

State Legislation

UPDATE (07/03/19): Referred to appropriations for hearing on 04/24/2019 - hearing not set, died in suspense.

AB 341 (Maienschein) - CalHEERS applications for CalFresh  This legislation would make it easier for hundreds of thousands of Californians applying for Medi-Cal using through the online CalHEERS application each year to simultaneously apply for CalFresh by allowing their Medi-Cal application to also qualify as their CalFresh/SNAP application through an opt-in opportunity on the CalHEERS online application. 

View the AB 341 fact sheet. 

UPDATE (07/25/19): Signed by Governor Newsome!

AB 494 (Berman) - Shelter Expense Deduction:  This legislation would simplify the verification of shelter expense deductions, as reported by CalFresh (SNAP) applications, necessary to determine a household’s CalFresh eligibility or benefit level. County agencies would be prohibited from requiring additional verification documentation unless reported shelter expenses are questionable. This bill would require the State Department of Social Services to issue guidance.

View the AB 494 fact sheet.

UPDATE (07/03/19): Amended and sent back to committee, hearing set on 07/03/2019

AB 842 (Limon/Eggman) - Hunger-Free Preschool:  This legislation would ensure that all low-income low-income children in public pre-K have access to nutritious free or reduced-price meals. This legislation would authorize childcare and development programs to access funds made available through existing child nutrition programs (e.g. Child and Adult Care Food Program or CACFP).

View the AB 842 fact sheet. 

UPDATE (07/25/19): Is in appropriations. Send a letter as soon as possible, click here!

AB 614 (Eggman) – Food Bank Tax Credit:  This legislation would expand existing tax credit laws to include the donation of qualified items defined as raw agriculture products or processed foods. It would also expand the definition of qualified tax payers eligible for the tax credit to include the person responsible for growing or raising a qualified donation item, or harvesting, packing, or processing a qualified donation item.

View the AB 614 fact sheet. 

UPDATE (07/03/19): Passed first house; in Senate Human Services - amended and sent back to committee, hearing not set.

AB 1229 (Wicks) – End Foster Youth Student Hunger in California Act of 2019:  This act would establish the Transition Age Foster Youth Meal Plan Program which will provide eligible transition-age foster youth pursuing a higher education degree at a public post-secondary educational institution with an award equal the the cost of a meal plan that would cover 10 meals per week and all campus fees. This program would be administered by the California Student Aid Commission. This act would also ensure that former foster youth are not denied CalFresh (SNAP) benefits because they have received transitional housing support and would establish an approval process for those who have chosen to participate in an off-campus internship that is not part of a federal or state approved work study.

Budget Requests

CalFood Budget Request to provide $16.5 million to the CalFood program for food banks to purchase and distribute health California-grown food to communities in need. The current proposed budget provides only $8 million for this program, which places California second-to-last in aid provided to individuals through comparable programs in peer states. The additional $16.5 million would provide 100 million meals out of the state’s estimated 783 million missing meals (as reported by the CA Association of Food Banks). Fund from CalFood may only be used to purchase food produced in California.

View the CalFoods budget request fact sheet.

Hunger Free Preschool budget request supports AB 842. The state can help build the capacity of our early care and education system to prevent hunger, break the cycle of poverty, and close the achievement gap by supporting policies and investments that increase access to meals for our youngest learners.

View the Hunger Free Preschool budget request fact sheet. 

You can learn how to support our efforts on this legislation or other advocacy initiatives by visiting our “Take Action” page or signing up to become a Hunger Free Activist


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