CFPA Legislative Update: AB 1594 (Eng) and
AB 1872 (Alejo) Vetoed by Governor Brown
On Sunday, September 30, the legislative session
action by the Governor on several bills of interest to anti-hunger, health, and
anti-poverty advocates. This has proven to be a challenging legislative session with the failed passage
and veto of
several key nutrition bills, including those sponsored by CFPA and introduced by several
partner organizations. Exacerbating these challenges was the cut to the CACFP
state meal reimbursement.
Though the legislature and Governor failed to act on important nutrition issues
in this session, CFPA will persist in its efforts to see these issues resolved.
AB 1594 (Eng) Improving Charter School
Was vetoed by the Governor on Saturday, September 29. AB 1594
would have extended California’s needy student meal mandate to California
charter schools, ensuring that all low-income public school students would have access
to nutritious, affordable meals each school day.
AB 1872 (Alejo) Improving Child Care Nutrition
Was vetoed by the Governor
on Thursday, September 27. This bill would have set the same minimum nutrition
standard for foods served in licensed family day care homes as is currently
required in all licensed child care centers and would have required licensing
authorities to inform all child care providers about the Child and Adult Care
Food Program (CACFP).
Unfortunately, AB 1594 and AB 1872 will not be enacted. However, the Governor’s
veto does not discount the need for all low-income charter school students to
have access to affordable meals and the need for basic nutrition standards in
all licensed child care settings. CFPA will continue to address these needs in
our efforts to support the health and well-being of
We appreciate your work in supporting both bills! AB 1594 and AB 1872 received
great support throughout the legislative session from a diverse group of
stakeholders and would not have made it to the Governor’s desk without you. We
will continue working together to improve nutrition environments in charter
schools and child care settings. Thank you for your
commitment! Stay tuned for more.
Read the Governor’s veto message on AB 1594.
More information about AB 1594.
Questions about AB 1594? Contact Alexis
Fernandez at 510.433.1122 x111
Read the Governor’s veto message on AB 1872.
More information about AB 1872.
about AB 1872? Contact Ellen Braff-Guajardo
510.301.0824 or Elyse Homel-Vitale at
New School Meals Stepping Up to the Plate
In light of recent media
backlash, CFPA reaffirms support for the new school meal standards and
encourages school districts to support successful implementation.
As students across the country headed back to school this year, they were
welcomed with improved school meals. Students found on their lunch tray more
fruits and vegetables, greater variety of whole grain products, as well as
limits on the amount of meat and grains served and new calorie maximums. In
California, as well as other parts of the country, districts have had success
implementing the new meal requirements. They have taken steps to engage
students, train staff, and communicate changes in order to ensure that the new
menus will be embraced.
Read more here.
Markell Lewis at
510.433.1122 x107 or
Ariana Oliva at
Join CFPA in Supporting Oakland's Measure
Oakland's Measure J, Improve Quality of Oakland Schools & School Facilities,
would provide $44 million to fund school food facility improvements
throughout Oakland Unified School District (OUSD). Because of CFPA's commitment
to increasing low-income Californians' access to nutritious, affordable food, we
support Measure J. It will enable OUSD to provide fresh, healthy, and
appealing school meals to over 45,000 students.
Read more here.
Questions? Contact Markell Lewis at
Register Now for Drinking Water in
Promoting tap water as an alternative to sugary beverages in schools is an
important obesity prevention strategy. Many schools are struggling to make
free drinking water more accessible. Federal law requires schools participating
in the National School Lunch Program to provide access to free drinking water
during lunch time; California has a similar but more expansive provision. In
this webinar, panelists will discuss the implications of a recent Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation Healthy Eating Research study that examined drinking water
access, water-related policies and practices, and barriers to improving water
access in California public schools. The panel will also review strategies for
successful implementation of "water in schools" and will share real-world
examples of innovative and cost-effective practices collected from schools.
Contact Ellen Braff-Guajardo at