Call the Governor to Fight Hunger

Multi-Faith A.C.T.I.O.N. Coalition
Advocates & Communities Taking Initiative 4 Our Neighbors
This email is from the Multi-Faith A.C.T.I.O.N. Coalition; we are a Multi-faith coalition of Contra Costa County residents working together to address the root causes of poverty through advocacy and public policy change.

The Legislature has passed SB 1002 with bipartisan support and now it is awaiting the Governor signature, but he may not sign it without hearing from you.
SB 1002 helps more families eligible for food assistance known as CalFresh get it by cutting red tape.  Several respected non-profit organizations have supported this legislation since it was introduced and we can help with the final push to get it signed into law by calling the Governor today.  More information is below.

Take Action Today!
SB 1002 needs your support! Governor Brown has until Tuesday, September 30 to sign or veto legislation. Because we do not know when exactly the Governor will be considering SB 1002, the sooner you voice your support the better! 
Call the Governor!
Call the Governor's office today at 916.445.2841

For Immediate Release: Link to Online Version
August 21, 2014
Jessica Bartholow, Western Center on Law and Poverty, 916-282-5119
Claire Conlon, Press Secretary/Legislative Aide, Office of Senator Kevin de Leόn
Bill to Cut Red Tape and Prevent Hunger Sweeps Bi-partisan Assembly Vote
With strong bi-partisan and broad community support, SB 1002 will make government work better to help low-income Californians feel better. 
Sacramento, CA – Yesterday, the California State Assembly passed SB 1002
, authored by Senator De León, with strong bi-partisan support.
One in six Americans experience hunger
 and the numbers are even higher here in California, home to two of the top 5 hungriest cities in the country. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known as CalFresh here in California, is our country’s best defense against hunger. However, it is estimated that only about 57% of Californians who are eligible for this federal food assistance currently receive it.
“CalFresh is one of our state’s best tools for preventing hunger and we must do everything in our power to make sure people don’t lose food assistance because of complicated paperwork,” said the bill author and incoming Senate Pro-Tempore Kevin De León.   
“SB 1002 will help ensure that families in need get the assistance they deserve. Reducing unnecessary paperwork to streamline the process for getting help is good public policy, and is why this bill has strong bipartisan support. I am grateful to Senator De León for guiding this common sense bill onto the Governor’s desk, and am honored to have been able to present it in the Assembly on his behalf,” said Assembly Member Brian Nestande who helped usher the bill off of the floor of the Assembly with an impressive 69-0 vote.  
“SB 1002 achieves program efficiency by requiring the administering departments to apply for federal flexibility so that paperwork submitted for one program can facilitate an application or renewal in the other.” explains Elizabeth Landsberg, Legislative Director at co-sponsoring Western Center on Law and PovertyThe bill’s second co-sponsor is the California Food Policy Advocates
SB 1002 has to be concurred in the Senate before heading to the Governor, who will have until September 30th to sign it and other bills passed by the legislature in August.
Jessica Bartholow
Legislative Advocate
1107 Ninth Street, Suite 700
Sacramento, CA 95814-3607

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