SB 882 (Wiener)

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SB 882 (Wiener): CalFresh—Simpler For Seniors

COVID-19 pandemic conditions are increasing the already high number of Californians experiencing food insecurity. This troubling trend has more acute consequences during the crisis, as food insecurity compounds poor health and economic conditions — placing low-income older adults and people with disabilities at increased risk for serious harm.

As a proven positive public health intervention and powerful economic stabilizer, CalFresh has a critical dual role to play in California’s immediate and long-term COVID-19 response. Yet, only 19 percent of eligible older Californians (age 60 or over) receive CalFresh, the lowest participation rate of any state.

As the number of new CalFresh applications is surging due to the economic downturn and spiking unemployment, now is the time to make permanent improvements to ease access to CalFresh.

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