SB 285 (Wiener) Needs Your Support! Call, Tweet, & Email Key Senators Today

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SB 285 needs your support to clear its next legislative hurdle, the Senate Appropriations Committee. Join us in asking the Committee to move the bill on to the Senate Floor!



Call and/or email the following Senators. Prioritize your outreach to Senator Anthony Portantino (D-Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena), the Chair of the Committee on Appropriations. This should take you just a few minutes.

Senator Anthony Portantino, Chair (D-25) (916) 651-4025

Please also spend a few minutes contacting your Senator if they are listed below as members of the committee:

  • Patricia Bates, Vice Chair (R - 36) (916) 651-4036
  • Steven Bradford (D-35) (916) 651-4035
  • Jerry Hill (D-13) (916) 651-4013
  • Brian W. Jones (R-38) (916) 651-4038
  • Bob Wieckowski (D-10) (916) 651-4010
  • Sample script:

    Hello. My name is ________. I live in ______, CA. I am calling to ask Senator ______ to support SB 285 which would improve access to CalFresh, our most powerful anti-hunger and anti-poverty program. [choose one or more of the following reasons or tell them your own]

    • Californians struggling to make ends meet deserve meaningful access to CalFresh. We need systemic reform that translates into meaningful improvements.
    • Together, we can do the work to make CalFresh work for everyone, regardless of where they live or their individual circumstances. SB 285 provides a roadmap for success.
    • With over 500,000 SSI recipients about to become eligible for CalFresh, now is the time to ensure that all eligible Californians, especially seniors and people with disabilities, can access CalFresh simply and with dignity.

    Sample tweets:

    • Californians struggling to make ends meet deserve meaningful access to CalFresh. Plz support SB 285, @Portantino @SenatorPatBates @HollyJMitchell
    • Together, we can do the work to make CalFresh work for everyone, regardless of where they live or their individual circumstances. SB 285 provides a roadmap for success. Plz support SB 285! @Portantino @SenatorPatBates @HollyJMitchell
    • When only one in five eligible low-income seniors can access CalFresh, it's time for change. SB 285 lays out a an achievable plan to improve CalFresh enrollment, especially for seniors. Plz support SB 285! @Portantino @SenatorPatBates @HollyJMitchell
    • On 6/1, over 500,000 SSI recipients will eligible for CalFresh. Now is the time to ensure that all Californians, especially seniors and people with disabilities, can access CalFresh simply and with dignity. Plz support SB 285! @Portantino @SenatorPatBates @HollyJMitchell

    Help spread the word!

    Here is a one-page document with sample emails, calls and tweets that you can share with partners and colleagues.

    Questions? Contact Jared Call at 213.482.8200 ext 201, or visit https://cfpa.net/sb285/