We are a statewide policy and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health and well being of low income Californians by increasing their access to nutritious, affordable food.

Lost Dollars, Empty Plates

CFPA's annual report Lost Dollars,
Empty Plates examines the impact of CalFresh participation on California's state and local economies.

CFPA Primary Contact

Tia Shimada
Nutrition Policy Advocate
Oakland Office
510.433.1122

CalFresh Resources

For more on CalFresh, visit our
CalFresh page.

2010 Lost Dollars, Empty Plates

Press Releases

State and county press releases are available here:

Full Report

Lost Dollars, Empty Plates 2010 PDF

The Economic Impact of CalFresh Participation

California ranks next to last among all states for participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).¹ This lack of participation harms state and local economies as well as low‐income Californians. The Lost Dollars, Empty Plates analysis examines the impact that increased participation in CalFresh would have on state, local, and household budgets. In these times of economic hardship, increasing CalFresh participation is an excellent means of bolstering economic activity while supporting the growing number of Californians in need. 
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¹ USDA-FNS, Reaching Those in Need: State Food Stamp Participation Rates in 2007, November 2009. PDF

Summary Tables

These tables list, for the state and each of the 58 counties, the estimated loss of federal benefits and associated economic activity resulting from low CalFresh participation.

For a printable PDF of this table, click here.

LDEP County Summary Table 1

LDEP County Summary Table 2