SB 285 (Wiener) Moves on to Assembly Appropriations!


Thanks to a tremendous showing of support from stakeholders last week, SB 285 (Wiener) passed the Assembly Human Services Committee on a unanimous 7 - 0 vote. CFPA and our cosponsors want to thank all of the bill's supporters who contacted committee members or attended the July 2nd hearing to voice support for the bill. The bill would not have moved forward without your crucial contributions. Thank you.

SB 285 establishes clear goals to improve CalFresh access, starting with seniors and disabled SSI recipients who became CalFresh- eligible on June 1st. It ensures that all applicants have efficient access to CalFresh by phone, online, mail, and in person, with dignity, within an integrated safety net that mitigates poverty and supports health. The bill is sponsored by CFPA, SF-Marin Food Bank, AARP-CA, and the California Association of Food Banks.

Stay tuned for upcoming calls to action. The bill will next be heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee and will need another strong showing of support to clear the next legislative hurdle. Learn more and stay up to date at our SB 285 page, by following @CAFoodPolicy, and by signing up to receive SB 285 legislative updates.

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