Nourish California and SPUR, AB 2153’s cosponsors, sent a message to bill supporters and gave special recognition to San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative:
We are thrilled to share that AB 2153 (Arambula) the CalFresh Fruit & Vegetable Supplemental Benefits Expansion, passed out of the Assembly Agriculture Committee today! Nourish California and SPUR, the bill’s cosponsors, would like to thank supporters of the bill for the strong showing at today’s hearing.
Over 40 organizations and individuals across the state submitted letters of support, and over 10organizations expressed support during the hearing’s public comment period. We are grateful for all who took time out of their busy schedules to make their voices heard. Together, we can dramatically increase the number and geographic diversity of CalFresh households who can access supplemental benefits, and move the program one step closer to becoming a permanent supplement to CalFresh. Thank you.
We would like to give a special thank you to David Barber-Dunham and members of the Community Council under the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative. David’s powerful testimony illustrated the challenges CalFresh participants face affording the foods they need and want to stay healthy. He also told the Committee how helpful supplemental benefit programs have been for him as a !Mas Fresco! participant and that AB 2153 would benefit more people in his situation. We appreciate his willingness to share his lived experience.
We would also like to thank Assemblymember Arambula for his leadership on AB 2153, and for his ongoing commitment to improving food access for Californians with low income.