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Punishing The Needy Hurts Us All

California has a well-deserved reputation for offering a sturdy safety net for the less fortunate – or what critics would describe as overly generous benefits. So it’s to be expected that the state isn’t part of returning to a three-month time limit for some food stamp recipients. In April, there was a huge drop-off nationally in people enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – 773,000, the largest one-month decline since 2005, when temporary benefits ended for Hurricane Katrina victims.

THE ALLIANCE

The Alliance to Transform CalFresh

The Alliance to Transform CalFresh is composed of leading non-profit organizations that have come together to advance an ambitious but pragmatic goal: move California from a 66% participation rate in CalFresh (among the last in the nation) to a 80% participation rate by the end of 2019, with no county below 70% in order to significantly reduce hunger in our state.