California Session Heating Up

Things are starting to heat up in California as bills begin to be scheduled for hearings. Within the first couple weeks in April, our sponsored bills will be deliberated in their respective policy committees. Our work on the state budget also continues. With the threat to decrease funding for School Meals for All as well as the elimination of the Market Match program, we are busy!

hero_image_alt_text===Mother and daughter purchasing produce
thumbnail_alt_text===Mother and daughter purchasing produce

California has been a national leader in the movement to provide free meals to all TK–12 public school students. California’s commitment to these critical school nutrition investments fights hunger, improves food quality, increases student access to healthy school meals, incentivizes California-grown procurement, and supports school nutrition staff.

Market Match provides a dollar-for-dollar match for CalFresh recipients to spend at Farm-direct sites across the state. If cut, it would end the program and take away 114 million servings of fruits and vegetables from low-income Californians, and approximately $19.5 million from California small farmers.

These programs are critical and should be continue to be supported. Stand with us as we advocate to protect these programs that support our children and those who are food insecure.

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