California Association of Food Banks

California Association of Food Banks We're an anti-hunger organization.
The California Association of Food Banks believes that food is a fundamental right. We influence public policy to enhance the safety net, ensure fresh produce and healthy proteins are accessible to all Californians, connect hungry residents with nutrition programs, and stand with our 41 member food banks in their work to feed our communities. Together, we will end hunger in California, join us. http://cafoodbanks.org

OUR PROGRAMS AND SERVICES: ______________________________________________ FARM TO FAMILY: Directly distributing healthier food to people in need: Fresh fruits and vegetables are the fastest growing area of food bank distribution. This has been made possible with the implementation of CAFB’s Farm to Family Program. In 2011, Farm to Family distributed more than 120 million pounds of fresh produce. This produce consists of a variety of fruits and vegetables that CAFB acquires from the state’s growers and packers at no or very low cost. The increased availability of produce has allowed food banks to provide healthier foods to their clients and has put California on the cutting edge of healthy food banking. ______________________________________________ NUTRITION EDUCATION: Providing nutrition education along with the healthier foods: New foods often need promotion, provision of handling and preparation information, such as culturally-appropriate recipes, in order for people to meaningfully integrate them into their diet. Many California food banks are providing nutrition education to both clients and to agency staff distributing food in order to strengthen their healthy food distribution efforts. CAFB supports this work by offering program support, peer-to-peer networking and match funding to 28 organizations, of which 18 are member food banks. The Network for a Healthy California and MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger are essential partners in this work. ______________________________________________ CALFRESH OUTREACH: Assisting with the application process for CalFresh (formerly the Food Stamp Program) to increase the affordability of healthier foods: CalFresh benefits help stretch a family’s dollars so they can afford the higher costs of fresh, nutritious food. But California consistently has one of the lowest participation rates in the country, and is currently at the bottom. CAFB offers program support and match funding for outreach activities to member food banks and other non-profits. This year, the Association partnered with 50 organizations to increase participation among eligible, low-income Californians. CAFB has also played an important leadership role in strengthening the statewide capacity for outreach by developing a statewide hotline, an outreach guide and website, a pre-screening and application tool and other outreach materials. CAFB provides training and support for peer-to-peer travel and collaboration. More information about these services are available at www.mycalfresh.org and www.misalimentos.org. ______________________________________________ POLICY & ADVOCACY: Advocating for policies that increase low-income people’s access to healthy food: California’s food banks were among the first in the nation to include policy and advocacy work as a core of their anti-hunger efforts. Now, most CAFB member agencies advocate at the federal, state, and local levels to improve anti-hunger and nutrition programs, especially for CalFresh (formerly food stamps) and emergency food. Several participate, and even lead, local nutrition policy coalitions. The most recent additions to the expanding advocacy list are the federal and state budget processes, which affect funding for health and human services programs vital to many low-income Californians. CAFB assists our partners in efforts to strengthen this work by providing venues to communicate with policy makers and offering leadership in strategy and message development. ______________________________________________ MEMBER SERVICES: Our greatest strength remains our membership of over 40 local food banks. These food banks serve communities across California, including the urban and suburban population centers in the Bay Area, Southern California, and Central Valley, as well as the more rural and remote areas. Over the past three years, CAFB has secured millions of dollars to support our members in their efforts to increase produce distribution, enhance food stamp outreach and nutrition education and to improve the overall capacity of food banks in rural communities. CAFB facilitates the sharing of best practices among food banks through regional meetings, newsletters and conferences to help our members become more effective in their work.

Mission: To end hunger in California.

Like so many, we are sad and angry at the ongoing injustices experienced by the Black community in this country. We mour...
06/04/2020
Hunger is a Racial Justice Issue | California Association of Food Banks

Like so many, we are sad and angry at the ongoing injustices experienced by the Black community in this country. We mourn the lives lost at the hands of the police. And, we stand beside Black community members, colleagues, friends, and family to demand justice for George Floyd and the countless others.

We believe that access to food is a civil right. Food is fuel for learning and speaking out, medicine to build strength and power, and it’s how we celebrate and connect across cultures... more 👇

Like so many, we are sad and angry at the ongoing injustices experienced by the Black community in this country. We mourn the lives lost at the hands of the police. And, we stand beside Black community members, colleagues, friends, and family to demand justice for George Floyd and the countless othe...

05/22/2020
Apply for P-EBT (Pandemic EBT)

Families with kids eligible for free or reduced-price school meals & didn't get a Pandemic-EBT card in the mail can apply for one until June 30. P-EBT cards were only mailed to eligible families with kids who receive CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits.

Apply here 👇

This program, called P-EBT, is for students who are normally able to get free or reduced price school meals. Apply and get up to $365 per child to spend on groceries.

New Pandemic-EBT cards were mailed from California Department of Social Services to families with kids in school that re...
05/20/2020
California pandemic food stamps offer up to $356 per child | CalMatters

New Pandemic-EBT cards were mailed from California Department of Social Services to families with kids in school that receive CalFresh, Medi-Cal, or are in foster care. These extra funds are to help feed hungry kids and are in addition to school pick up meals. More info from CalMatters 👇

California families with children who qualify for free or reduced-price meals at school will receive pandemic food stamps. The deadline to apply is June 30.

Each and every day food bank staff and volunteers work on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic providing the most fun...
05/18/2020
CA's May Budget Revise Provides Critical Investment in Emergency Food Program | California Association of Food Banks

Each and every day food bank staff and volunteers work on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic providing the most fundamental resource: food. Thank you to California Governor Gavin Newsom for continuing to stand with food banks.

Yesterday Governor Newsom released his revised 2020-21 Budget, that undertook to balance the budget while COVID-19 has put unprecedented pressure on state revenues and yet increased the need for vital public programs and services.

05/05/2020

Did you know May is #AmericanCheeseMonth? We have good news for all cheese lovers who want to support Bay Area food banks during the pandemic >> For each cheese purchased at pointreyescheese.com during May, we’ll receive and an equal of cheese to distribute to Bay Area #FoodBanks and the food insecure residents that rely on them. Buy a wedge, give a wedge! Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese

Today Kamala Harris introduces the Closing the Meal Gap Act of 2020 to strengthen SNAP & protect the increasing number o...
04/23/2020
Kamala Harris

Today Kamala Harris introduces the Closing the Meal Gap Act of 2020 to strengthen SNAP & protect the increasing number of people that rely on it. This is hugely important. Together we can combat COVID-19, close the meal gap & provide #Food4All. SNAP matters.

We’ve all seen it on the news: long lines and skyrocketing demands at food banks across the country. Americans urgently need help to put food on the table.

Today I’m announcing legislation to immediately expand access to nutrition assistance. No one in America should ever go hungry, especially during a public health crisis.

04/15/2020

It's Action Day!

Today we're asking our legislators, our California Governor & our communities to support food banks!

#Food4All

04/11/2020
www.cafoodbanks.org

COVID19 help for CalFresh recipients: if you received CalFresh in March & do not already receive the maximum benefit for your household size, you will get extra benefits on 4/12, for April, you will get extra benefits on 5/10.

Learn More: http://bit.ly/extra-calfresh

04/10/2020

We are incredibly grateful to Dignity Health for not only caring for our COVID-19 patients but also supporting our community food banks. Food is medicine & together we will nourish our neighbors so they can stay healthy & strong.

Can I still volunteer? Yes. Check out this The Wall Street Journal article on "How You Can Help Food Banks Serve People ...
04/01/2020
How You Can Help Food Banks Serve People in Need Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Can I still volunteer? Yes. Check out this The Wall Street Journal article on "How You Can Help Food Banks Serve People in Need Amid Coronavirus Crisis" featuring our own Andrew Cheyne!

Food Banks across the country are struggling to keep up with a surge in demand plus declines in resources and volunteers amid the coronavirus crisis.

In the midst of the #COVID19 public health crisis, CA Food Banks need thoughtful, savvy leadership to help keep communit...
04/01/2020
We have a new CEO! Stacia Levenfeld | California Association of Food Banks

In the midst of the #COVID19 public health crisis, CA Food Banks need thoughtful, savvy leadership to help keep communities fed. In spite of the challenging circumstances, we're thrilled to announce the appointment of our new CEO: Stacia Levenfeld. Read more about Stacia in our new blog post.

The California Association of Food Banks is excited to announce the appointment of our new CEO, Stacia Levenfeld.

We could not be prouder of the adaptability, ingenuity, and dedication being modeled by our member food bank network thr...
03/31/2020
California food banks partner with schools to serve families of students

We could not be prouder of the adaptability, ingenuity, and dedication being modeled by our member food bank network through the coronavirus public health crisis. California food banks are on the front line - ensuring children and parents alike get the nutrition they need:

"We know entire families are going hungry, so when families are going to the school district, there may be others in the household who need food as well. Schools in this environment have become a bright spot — they are known, trusted, highly accessible locations that families are used to visiting." - CA Food Banks' director of government affairs, Andrew Cheyne

California's shut down leaves many families in need of food. Throughout the state food banks are partnering with schools to deliver meals to families as well as school children.

We’re here to ensure everyone has the ability to stock their pantry & stay nourished during #COVID19. Find out where you...
03/27/2020
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Ending hunger in California

California Association of Food Banks (CAFB) is a membership organization of 41 food banks from throughout the state with a shared mission to build a well-nourished California and a firm commitment to providing cutting-edge leadership in the anti-hunger community.

Our major programs include Farm to Family, which works with growers and packers to provide fresh produce to food banks; statewide programs for food stamp outreach and enrollment; robust state and federal advocacy efforts; produce education; and member services that offer assistance with special projects as well as technical support.

CAFB is governed by a Board of Directors elected from among its membership. Our Board Members come from food banks throughout the state, representing the broad diversity of our membership.

CAFB began in 1995 with a single staff member devoted to anti-hunger advocacy. CAFB has since grown into a sophisticated organization with over 20 full-time employees.

CAFB's programs reduce the prevalence and consequences of food insecurity in California.

Over the past year, CAFB has worked with its members and partners to:


  • Distribute 164 million pounds of fresh produce to those in need;

  • Secure over $7.25 million for our member food banks;

  • Provide CalFresh (food stamp) application assistance to 26,000 households; and,

  • Successfully advocate for major changes in CalFresh (food stamp) operations that will boost participation for years to come.
  • Our vision is a well-nourished and hunger-free California, where all people have enough food to lead a healthy life.

    The mission of the California Association of Food Banks is to end hunger in California.

    FARM TO FAMILY: Directly distributing healthier food to people in need: Fresh fruits and vegetables are the fastest growing area of food bank distribution. This has been made possible with the implementation of CAFB’s Farm to Family Program. In 2011, Farm to Family distributed more than 120 million pounds of fresh produce. This produce consists of a variety of fruits and vegetables that CAFB acquires from the state’s growers and packers at no or very low cost. The increased availability of produce has allowed food banks to provide healthier foods to their clients and has put California on the cutting edge of healthy food banking. ______________________________________________ CALFRESH OUTREACH: Assisting with the application process for CalFresh (formerly the Food Stamp Program) to increase the affordability of healthier foods: CalFresh benefits help stretch a family’s dollars so they can afford the higher costs of fresh, nutritious food. But California consistently has one of the lowest participation rates in the country, and is currently at the bottom. CAFB offers program support and match funding for outreach activities to member food banks and other non-profits. This year, the Association partnered with 50 organizations to increase participation among eligible, low-income Californians. CAFB has also played an important leadership role in strengthening the statewide capacity for outreach by developing a statewide hotline, an outreach guide and website, a pre-screening and application tool and other outreach materials. CAFB provides training and support for peer-to-peer travel and collaboration. More information about these services are available at www.mycalfresh.org and www.misalimentos.org. ______________________________________________ POLICY & ADVOCACY: Advocating for policies that increase low-income people’s access to healthy food: California’s food banks were among the first in the nation to include policy and advocacy work as a core of their anti-hunger efforts. Now, most CAFB member agencies advocate at the federal, state, and local levels to improve anti-hunger and nutrition programs, especially for CalFresh (formerly food stamps) and emergency food. Several participate, and even lead, local nutrition policy coalitions. The most recent additions to the expanding advocacy list are the federal and state budget processes, which affect funding for health and human services programs vital to many low-income Californians. CAFB assists our partners in efforts to strengthen this work by providing venues to communicate with policy makers and offering leadership in strategy and message development. ______________________________________________ MEMBER SERVICES: Our greatest strength remains our membership of over 40 local food banks. These food banks serve communities across California, including the urban and suburban population centers in the Bay Area, Southern California, and Central Valley, as well as the more rural and remote areas. Over the past three years, CAFB has secured millions of dollars to support our members in their efforts to increase produce distribution, enhance food stamp outreach and nutrition education and to improve the overall capacity of food banks in rural communities. CAFB facilitates the sharing of best practices among food banks through regional meetings, newsletters and conferences to help our members become more effective in their work.

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