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

Jared Call
Managing Nutrition Policy Advocate
Los Angeles Office
213.482.8200 ext. 201

CalFresh Resources

For more on CalFresh, visit our
CalFresh page.

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2015 Lost Dollars, Empty Plates

County Press Releases

County press releases are available here:

Full Report

Lost Dollars, Empty Plates 2015 PDF

County Data & Methodology

Printable county data tables and methodology PDF

The Economic Impact of CalFresh Participation

California has consistently ranked among the lowest states for participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP -- known as "CalFresh" in California). The low rate 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 ongoing economic hardship, ensuring that CalFresh reaches all eligible individuals and families is an excellent means of bolstering economic activity while supporting the growing number of Californians in need.

Low CalFresh participation means less for all Californians – less nutrition assistance for eligible households, less economic activity, and less sales tax revenue for the state and local governments. These losses can be mitigated by eliminating unnecessary barriers to CalFresh participation. For more on priority actions to improve CalFresh, please see our Calfresh page.