California Association of Food Banks

California Association of Food Banks We lead the collective effort to end hunger in California. 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

Mission: To end hunger in California.

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California Association of Food Banks
12/28/2020

California Association of Food Banks

"Together, with our member food banks, we thank House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Lofgren Zoe Congresswoman 16th Dist , and Co...
12/22/2020
Congressional COVID-19 package includes key anti-hunger investments, more still needed - California Association of Food Banks

"Together, with our member food banks, we thank House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Lofgren Zoe Congresswoman 16th Dist , and Congresswoman Barbara Lee for their unwavering commitment and months of leadership in pushing for meaningful investments in SNAP and other essential food programs. We also applaud the entire California delegation for this historic bipartisan vote, as well as Rep. Jimmy Panetta and Congressman Jim Costa for prioritizing SNAP and other food support in this legislation needed to fight the impact of the multi-layered crisis."

Last night, Congress passed a bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill that makes critical investments in the social safety net. Almost a year since the catastrophic public health and subsequent economic and hunger crises began, more and more people have been pushed further into poverty and hunger. Right now...

Thank you Congresswoman Barbara Lee for your leadership fighting for #hungry families who cannot continue to wait for su...
12/18/2020
Without more jobless benefits, almost 5 million people will fall into poverty, including 1.3 million kids

Thank you Congresswoman Barbara Lee for your leadership fighting for #hungry families who cannot continue to wait for support. We must #BoostSNAPNow and invest in programs that work like Pandemic-EBT & TEFAP to fight the record hunger caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Millions will become poor in January if Congress doesn't extend expiring unemployment programs, according to Columbia University.

Now more the ever food banks need financial & volunteer support. Food banks have strict safety protocols & volunteers ar...
12/07/2020

Now more the ever food banks need financial & volunteer support. Food banks have strict safety protocols & volunteers are considered "essential" under the stay at home order. Please support our community food banks if you are able.

The COVID health crisis has become a hunger crisis–CalRecycle is working with the California Association of Food Banks to get food to Californians who need it! #HopefortheHolidays https://buff.ly/3l5MN6e

12/04/2020
Dolores Huerta America 2030 Project

"There's no reason why any child in the state of California should be deprived of their basic needs." Dolores Huerta

Listen+Hear+Act for the America our children will inherit in 2030. Civil Rights Leader and Activist Dolores Huerta shares her vision for #America2030. “There…

It's time to #EndChildPoverty.
12/03/2020

It's time to #EndChildPoverty.

Has your family received Pandemic-EBT? If so, we’d like to hear your thoughts. Fill out the survey & tell us about your ...
12/01/2020

Has your family received Pandemic-EBT? If so, we’d like to hear your thoughts. Fill out the survey & tell us about your experience (responses are confidential). https://bit.ly/pebt-survey

We're working CalRecycle to help feed our communities & fight climate change this holiday season.
11/25/2020

We're working CalRecycle to help feed our communities & fight climate change this holiday season.

The COVID health crisis has become a hunger crisis—so CalRecycle and the California Association of Food Banks have teamed up for the holidays to feed Californians and fight climate change.

Read more in our latest news release: https://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/NewsRoom/2020/11nov/11

#HopefortheHolidays

"After leading Farm to Family for seven years, Steve Linkhart is leaving the California Association of Food Banks. Durin...
11/24/2020
Linkhart's Leaving a Legacy | California Association of Food Banks

"After leading Farm to Family for seven years, Steve Linkhart is leaving the California Association of Food Banks. During Steve’s time at CAFB, he’s grown the Farm to Family program into a national model that ensures access to high quality produce for food banks across the state, while supporting farmers and preventing food loss."

After leading Farm to Family for seven years, Steve Linkhart is leaving the California Association of Food Banks. During Steve’s time at CAFB, he’s grown the Farm to Family program into a national model that ensures access to high quality produce for food banks across the state, while supporting...

11/18/2020
www.cdss.ca.gov

Here's answers to some frequently asked question about Pandemic-EBT:
https://www.cdss.ca.gov/Portals/9/EBT/Pandemic/P-EBT%20Extension%20FAQ.pdf

Right now, we are in the middle of a hunger crisis with about 1 in 4 California households facing food insecurity this y...
11/18/2020
State Of Food Insecurity The U.S., California / Feeding Young People, Providing Healthful Food / Teaching Food Literacy

Right now, we are in the middle of a hunger crisis with about 1 in 4 California households facing food insecurity this year. Our Director of Government Affairs, Andrew Cheyne and Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services CEO Blake Young spoke with CapRadio Insight about what food insecurity looks like in the state, the impact of COVID-19, the power of CalFresh, and how food banks continue to work on the frontlines feeding our communities through this crisis. Listen here:

Today on Insight, we're looking at the growing number of food insecure U.S. households as the pandemic continues, what's being done to address it, and where we fall short.

In today's hearing on hunger. The California Department of Social Services reported to Senator Melissa Hurtado that in t...
11/17/2020

In today's hearing on hunger. The California Department of Social Services reported to Senator Melissa Hurtado that in the midst of COVID-19, they are implementing Disaster-CalFresh in 19 counties & the Pandemic-EBT program will bring some $2B in food benefits to hungry children and families, with more to come in "P-EBT 2.0."

Thanks for your continued leadership Sen Hurtado & CDSS! 🙏

10/28/2020
CAFB P-EBT Survey

Take our P-EBT survey. Tell us what you liked & didn't like about the program. We're trying to help improve programs like this in the future and your feedback is super valuable.

bit.ly/pebt-survey

The most powerful, simple and trusted way to gather experience data. Start your journey to experience management and try a free account today.

10/24/2020
CAFB P-EBT Survey

Usted recibió P-EBT este verano? Si su respuesta es ‘Si’, lo invitamos a participar en nuestra encuesta sobre su experiencia usando P-EBT.

¿Qué le gusto de P-EBT? ¿Qué no le gusto de P-EBT? Si completa su encuesta antes del 31 de Octubre, usted tendrá la oportunidad de ganar una tarjeta de regalo válida por $50 en una rifa! Sus respuestas son importantes para nosotros y serán confidenciales. Las respuestas anónimas a esta encuesta se publicarán en un reporte sobre P-EBT y nos ayudará a informar el programa de P-EBT en el futuro.

The most powerful, simple and trusted way to gather experience data. Start your journey to experience management and try a free account today.

10/24/2020
CAFB P-EBT Survey

Did you receive Pandemic-EBT benefits this summer? If so we would love to hear about your experience with P-EBT!

We invite you to complete our brief survey about how you used it and what you liked and disliked about it. If you complete the survey by October 31, you will be entered into a raffle to win a $50 visa gift card! All information will remain confidential and used anonymously to help us understand and make recommendations about how to improve programs like this in the future.

https://bit.ly/pebt-survey

The most powerful, simple and trusted way to gather experience data. Start your journey to experience management and try a free account today.

Congrats to our own Edith Martinez for being one of Food Research & Action Center "10 advocates from the Latinx communit...
10/19/2020
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month - Food Research & Action Center

Congrats to our own Edith Martinez for being one of Food Research & Action Center "10 advocates from the Latinx community who are champions of the movement to end hunger and poverty"!

October 15, 2020 Hispanic Heritage Month began in 1968 when President Lyndon Johnson designated a week for celebrating the contributions that Americans who can trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean have made to American....

Pandemic EBT update: California has been approved to provide P-EBT again, for the months of August and September when ch...
10/15/2020
Pandemic EBT

Pandemic EBT update: California has been approved to provide P-EBT again, for the months of August and September when children were learning remotely. This second round of P-EBT will only be for children who already received P-EBT over the summer (except those who graduated/completed instruction). Eligible children will be issued NEW cards with the benefits for August and September, and they will receive them in the mail sometime between late October and December 2020. We will know more about exact timing, processes, and additional details soon, and we will be sure to share another update then.

More info: https://www.cdss.ca.gov/home/pandemic-ebt

As of September 10, 2020, all P-EBT eligibility decisions have been made and all appeals have been processed. P-EBT was a one-time disaster response program intended to support children who lost access to free or reduced prices school meals due to pandemic related school facility closures during the...

Did you live or work in an area impacted by wildfires? Get help with Disaster CalFresh food benefits. 1. Pre-register by...
10/07/2020

Did you live or work in an area impacted by wildfires? Get help with Disaster CalFresh food benefits.

1. Pre-register by calling or texting 1-916-237-1909 between October 7 and October 13.

2. Wait for your county to call you between October 14 and October 22.

3. Pick up your EBT card.

Eligible counties: Lake, Monterey, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Yolo.

Sign up for the Citrus Stride by California Citrus Mutual & move a mile! It’s a fun & easy way to support California foo...
10/04/2020

Sign up for the Citrus Stride by California Citrus Mutual & move a mile! It’s a fun & easy way to support California food banks & ensure they’re stocked with delicious & nutritious citrus this year!

It starts tomorrow! https://citrusstride.com

Tomorrow's the start of #VirtualCitrusStride week. Walking a mile sounds ap’peeling to me, how are you going to #moveamile?
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Today, the House of Representatives passed a revised HEROES Act. Now, together with Western Center on Law &  Poverty, Ca...
10/02/2020
Support of HEROES Act – H.R. 1753 | California Association of Food Banks

Today, the House of Representatives passed a revised HEROES Act. Now, together with Western Center on Law & Poverty, California Food Policy Advocates, & the California Welfare Directors Association, we call on the Senate to pass it & the President to sign it immediately. We must provide economic relief now.

Read our full statement:

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a revised HEROES Act – House Resolution 1753. Our organizations support the HEROES Act and call on the U.S.

In the midst of a difficult time, there are still bright spots that highlight the innovations made possible through huma...
09/29/2020
Stanislaus County programs get creative to provide food to the needy during COVID-19

In the midst of a difficult time, there are still bright spots that highlight the innovations made possible through human compassion & ingenuity:

🚌 bus drivers are transporting meals to kids,
🥑 community peer educators are promoting fresh fruits & veggies & offering gardening education,
🍇 CAFB member Second Harvest Food Bank of San Joaquin & Stanislaus Counties is hosting food distributions throughout Stanislaus County to reach underserved populations such as farmworkers & senior citizens!

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“Lots of kids aren’t able to get food during this time.”

Usted recibio P-EBT beneficios? Si su respuesta es ‘si,’ le gustaria participar en una entrevista para conversar sobre s...
09/29/2020
Pandemia-EBT Formulario de Entrevista

Usted recibio P-EBT beneficios? Si su respuesta es ‘si,’ le gustaria participar en una entrevista para conversar sobre su experiencia? CAFB esta interesado en escuchar como P-EBT le impacto a su familia en aceder comida y si tuvo problemas en recibiendo o activando sus beneficios. La entrevista sera por telefono y durara menos de 30 minutos. Participantes recibiran una tarjeta de regalo valida por $50. Su informacion se mantendra anonima y informara nuestros estudios sobre P-EBT.

Si esta interesado, por favor complete el breve formulario. Un miembro de nuestro equipo se comunicara con usted. Gracias por su tiempo. 👇

Gracias por su interes! Nuestra meta es entender su experencia usando P-EBT, como le ayudo a su familia en acedar comida, y si tuvo problemas en recibiendo o activando sus beneficios. Sus comentarios seran usados anonimamente en un reporte sobre P-EBT por California Association of Food Banks. Partic...

Did you receive a Pandemic-EBT card this summer? If so, we’d love to talk to you! We are currently inviting anyone who r...
09/28/2020
Pandemic EBT Interview Form

Did you receive a Pandemic-EBT card this summer?

If so, we’d love to talk to you! We are currently inviting anyone who received P-EBT this summer to participate in a 30 minute phone interview with our staff. We’re interested to hear how P-EBT impacted your family, what your experience was like & if you had any challenges with the program. Information gathered in the interviews will be used anonymously to guide our research project about P-EBT. All interviewees will receive a $50 Visa gift card.

If you are interested, fill in this short google form by October 9 & we’ll get in touch with you soon 👇

Thank you for your interest in talking to us about P-EBT! Our goal for this interview is to understand your experience with P-EBT, how it helped your family to buy food, and what challenges you had in applying for or using P-EBT. Feedback will be used (anonymously) in a report about P-EBT by the Cal...

Food is a fundamental human right! #Hunger was a crisis before the pandemic, and many of the communities who were most v...
09/26/2020

Food is a fundamental human right! #Hunger was a crisis before the pandemic, and many of the communities who were most vulnerable to food insecurity before #COVID19, such as low-income older adults, are having an even more difficult time accessing nutrition now. We are requesting that CDSS waive the annual report for #CalFresh ESAP households. Food access = dignity in aging

09/25/2020

Pandemic-EBT Update: We won't know if P-EBT benefits will be provided for August and September until closer to the end of the month. If it does happen, benefits will not be allocated until later on (several weeks or more).

P-EBT was approved by the House of Representative for October and after, and we expect it to be signed into law by September 30. After it's law, California will have to create a plan on how to distribute it, have that plan approved by the federal government, and then the state of California will begin to execute that plan and get benefit out to those eligible. Because the State’s plan has not yet been created or approved, we unfortunately don’t have more details on how or when benefits will be distributed.

Great Car Rally in San Francisco to urge California Governor Gavin Newsom to sign AB 826 & ensure access to food for all...
09/25/2020

Great Car Rally in San Francisco to urge California Governor Gavin Newsom to sign AB 826 & ensure access to food for all Californians.

09/24/2020
AB 826 Car Rally in SF.

Today’s car rally for AB 826. It’s time for CA Governor Gavin Newson to sign this critical legislation & ensure access to food for our immingrant communities.

Food insecurity was a crisis before COVID-19. Since the emergence of the pandemic, many people's incomes have plunged be...
09/16/2020
Hunger rises in Bay Area as pandemic lingers

Food insecurity was a crisis before COVID-19. Since the emergence of the pandemic, many people's incomes have plunged below the federal poverty line. We're proud to work alongside our 42 member food banks as they adapt to surging demand for emergency food while facing unprecedented challenges, including social distancing protocols and sanitization measures, all with a diminished volunteer base. We're quoted here alongside four of our incredible members, Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, Redwood Empire Food Bank, San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, and Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. ⬇️

Hunger is more pervasive than ever among households throughout the Bay Area and California six months into the pandemic. Food insecurity has more than doubled statewide and more than tripled in some Bay Area counties.

09/15/2020
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, City of Watsonville - City Gov't Mayor Rebecca Garcia, City of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, 53rd District, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz, & more united to support AB 826 and immigrant Californians who deserve access to food.

EN VIVO: Conferencia de prensa digital con el alcalde Eric Garcetti, Asm. Miguel Santiago, el alcalde Robert García, la alcaldesa Rebecca García y miembros de la comunidad para exigir #ComidaParaTODOS. Si a la #AB826 ✊

LIVE: #AB826 Digital Press Conference with Mayor Eric Garcetti, Asm. Miguel Santiago, Mayor Robert Garcia, Mayor Rebecca Garcia, and coalition partners to demand #FoodSecurityForAll ✊

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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.

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