The number of older Californians experiencing hunger continues to grow at an alarming number and rate. Nearly forty percent of low-income Californians over the age of sixty are food insecure -- a 21 percent increase in the last 15 years.CalFresh is the most effective anti-hunger program for thepeople it reaches. But, according to the most recent data, only 19 percent of eligible older adults (Age 60 or over) are served by the program compared to the national average of 42 percent. The complex and overly burdensome application and reporting processes contribute to low CalFresh enrollment among older adults. By easing the burden of enrolling and retaining CalFresh benefits, we can ensure older adults can live hunger free and age in place with dignity.
SB 882 (Wiener) would make it easier to for eligible low-income Californians to sign up and stay connected to CalFresh, particularly older adults and people Read more here…
Last week, Senator Scott Wiener (SD-11) introduced SB 882, which makes three major improvements Read more here…
Read the SB 882 bill language. link
Fact sheet prepared by CFPA PDF
Report by CFPA, CA Association of Food Banks, Justice in Aging, Western Center on Law & Poverty PDF
The impact of CalFresh on state and local economies PDF