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, with no county below 70% by the end on 2019 in order to significantly reduce hunger in our state. Founding members include the California Association of Food Banks, California Family Resource Association, California Food Policy Advocates, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, SF-Marin Food Bank, Western Center on Law and Poverty, and Catholic Charities of California, in consultation with national leaders Feeding America, the Food Research and Action Center, and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food, Nutrition & Consumer Services; the California Department of Social Services; and the County Welfare Directors Association of California all have briefed the Alliance.
Leadership. Jennifer Tracy joined the Alliance to Transform CalFresh in September of 2015 as a consultant focusing on project management, strategic development, and communications. Prior to her work with the Alliance, she was the Executive Director of the San Diego Hunger Coalition (SDHC), CalFresh Program Director for SDHC and Program Manager for Catholic Charities’ Tomorrow Project. She was a founding member of the Food Systems Alliance in San Diego and a 2012 recipient of CFPA’s Freshy Award for “Local Advocate of the Year.” Jennifer earned an MA in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of San Diego, and a BA in Political Science from Point Loma Nazarene University.
Recent Accomplishments. ATC advocacy has resulted in major changes to CalFresh operations that boost participation:
- Statewide survey of California Counties to identify the barriers and promising practices for telephonic signature implementation to improve access to CalFresh.
- Data Dashboard launched, with information on CalFresh participation to monitor and improve performance.
- Participated in the development of the California Learning Collaborative that brought together the 19 largest counties and launched new technical assistance and ongoing support from CDSS to reduce churn within the CalFresh Program.
- Leadership roles on various CDSS workgroups that cover data development, new rules for Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDS) and Notice of Action redesign.