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Nutrition Action Alert

September 5, 2012

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Legislative Update: AB 1594 and AB 1872 Head to Governor's Desk!
Save-the-Date: 2013 CalFresh Forum February 20, 2013!
Updated USDA Guidance to
Avoid Overt Identification

Take Action Today! AB 1594 and AB 1872 Head to
the Governor's Desk for Signature!

AB 1594 (Eng) Improving Charter School Nutrition
On Wednesday, August 22, AB 1594 passed the Senate floor with a vote of 22-13. The amended bill then returned to the Assembly on Tuesday, August 28 for concurrence on amendments taken in the Senate and passed with a vote of 51-29. AB 1594 is now headed to the Governor. He must sign or veto legislation by  September 30.

AB 1594 would extend the needy-student meal requirement to California charter schools ensuring that all low-income public school students have access to affordable meals.

Read CFPA's Letter to the Governor in Support of AB 1594. link

Learn more about AB 1594. link
Questions? Contact Alexis at 510.433.1122 x111

AB 1872 (Alejo) Improving Child Care Nutrition
On Tuesday, August 28, AB 1872 passed the Senate floor with a vote of 23-13. The amended bill then returned to the Assembly for concurrence and passed with a 46-25 vote. The Governor now has the bill and he must sign or veto it by September 30!

AB 1872 sets 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 requires licensing authorities to inform all child care providers about the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), a federal nutrition program that offers providers financial reimbursements and technical assistance to help them serve healthier food.

Learn more about AB 1872. link
Questions? Contact Ellen at 510.301.0824 or Elyse at 619.501.8248

Take Action Today!
AB 1594 and AB 1872 need your support now more than ever! Governor Brown has until September 30, 2012 to sign or veto legislation, but because we do not know when the Governor will be considering AB 1594 and AB 1872 the sooner you voice your support the better! CFPA has put together three different action steps you can take to show your support.

(1) Call the Governor Today!
Use the instructions and sample scripts below to call the Governor's office today.

AB 1594 Sample Script PDF | AB 1872 Sample Script PDF

(2) Send Your Letter of Support!
We've developed sample letters for both AB 1594 and AB 1872 that you can personalize and send to the Governor via fax (916.558.3177) or email (leg.unit@gov.ca.gov).

AB 1594 Sample Letter doc | AB 1872 Sample Letter doc

(3) Mail a Postcard!
Tell your coworkers, friends, family, and everyone else you know to print, sign, and mail the Governor a postcard in support of AB 1594 and AB 1872.

AB 1594 Postcard PDF | AB 1872 Postcard PDF

Save-the-Date: CalFresh Forum is on February 20, 2013!

Next year's forum will be held on Wednesday, February 20 at the Crest Theater in Sacramento. Please mark your calendars! Each year the CalFresh Forum brings together more than 300 key stakeholders from across the state to discuss strategies and opportunities to improve the reach and impact of CalFresh.

Registration and more details will be posted soon.

Updated USDA Guidance to Avoid Overt Identification

Last week USDA released their updated "Eligibility Manual for School Meals", which includes added guidance to ensure that schools do not overtly identify students eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Per the manual, USDA states that "schools must ensure to the maximum extent practicable, that the sale of competitive foods and the method of payment does not inadvertently result in children being identified by their peers as receiving free or reduced-price meal benefits"

Learn more. link

Questions? Contact Markell at 510.433.1122 x107

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