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We need your support to increase access to fresh fruits, nuts, and vegetables for low-income Californians. Limited access and lack of resources to purchase healthy food can have a huge impact on health outcomes and chronic diseases, which disproportionately impact people of color.

Last year, Governor Brown signed AB 1321 (Ting), creating the Nutrition Incentive Matching Grant Program which would double the amount of nutrition benefits (e.g. CalFresh, WIC, and SSI) available to low-income Californians through grants to certified farmers’ markets. Now, a coalition of advocates are requesting a $5 million state budget proposal to fund this program, which would expand the number of participating certified farmers’ markets and small business.
 
Please send your letter of support today to support the Nutrition Incentive Matching Grant Program. This budget proposal will be heard next Wednesday (3/30) in the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No.3 on Resources and Transportation. Click here for a sample letter of support.
 
Hearing Date: 
Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 3 on Resources and Transportation
Wednesday, March 30
Room 447
9:00 AM

Your support is needed TODAY. Please send your letters of support by Monday, March 28th!

CPEHN and our partners would like to invite you to join us in Sacramento on March 30 for the annual ENACT Day! ENACT Nutrition and Physical Activity Day brings community members and advocates from all over California together in Sacramento to learn about and support state policies promoting nutrition and physical activity.

March 30, 2016
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
St John's Lutheran Church
1701 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95811

Click here to register and for more information. 

ENACT Day is a great opportunity to learn about advocacy and make your voice heard in the capitol. The event is free, and breakfast and lunch will be provided. All you need is your passion, and an optional donation. Space is limited! If you are unable to attend the event in person but would still like to participate, you can register for Virtual ENACT Day, during which you can use your email, telephone, and social media to tell your story. No matter where you are, you are welcome to join us!

Registration for ENACT Day closes March 16th so register today!

Also, please note: a limited number of travel scholarships are available. Please apply early to help us fulfil as many requests as possible. If you would like to apply for a travel scholarship, please complete the online application survey HERE by February 29th.

At CPEHN, we employ a “health in all policies” strategy for creating healthier environments that can advance health equity for California’s communities of color. One of the key goals of this strategy is to increase access to healthy foods, particularly in communities with fewer grocery stores and more fast food restaurants.

Recently, the City of Sacramento made an unfortunate decision to reduce the nutritional standards in the vending machines in its facilities. The city’s new contract requires that 25% of items in the new vending machines meet minimum nutrition standards, down from 50%.

While it may seem minor, offering healthy options in vending machines is a significant part of a strategy to improve access to healthy food. State and local governments have considerable purchasing power, particularly in regards to vending machines. In its 2010 report, the Strategic Growth Council’s Health in all Policies Task Force recommended that government spending should be leveraged to support healthy eating and sustainable local food systems. In particular, the Task Force offered the following suggestions for healthy food procurement policies to ensure that foods purchased on public property meets minimum nutrition standards:

While adults often reminisce about their care-free childhood summers, this time of year means a loss of critical resources for many kids across our state. Eighty percent of California students who rely on the health and academic benefits of free or reduced-price lunches during the school year miss out on similar meals during the summer. That results in a summer nutrition gap that cuts across our state, affecting nearly two million of our most vulnerable children.

Research and common sense tell us that kids need year-round access to nutritious meals. They need those meals to learn, grow, and achieve at their fullest potential. The good news: California’s summer nutrition gap is sizeable, but not inevitable.

Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) for Children is a well-tested solution that provides low-income families with nutrition assistance benefits to purchase food when school is out and students lose access to affordable school meals. Summer EBT has been found to:

  • Reduce food insecurity among children and their families,
  • Reduce consumption of sugars from sugar-sweetened beverages, and
  • Increase consumption of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Summer EBT works, but it’s not yet at work everywhere, and California’s children lack access. Representative Susan Davis (CA-53) and Senator Patty Murray (WA) have introduced the Stop Child Summer Hunger Act of 2015 to make Summer EBT a reality for kids across the country.

Over 120 advocates gathered in Sacramento today to discuss legislation that could be key to improving health in California at ENACT Nutrition and Physical Activity Day. Attendees had the opportunity to hear about key legislation and learn some tips about meeting with legislators before conducting legislative visits later in the day. Here are some highlights from the day, with many posts from Twitter (#ENACT2015).

Assemblymember Phil Ting from San Francisco kicked things off with an introductory speech, acknowledging that legislators appreciate when their constituents visit with them about issues that impact the community.

Tomorrow morning, advocates from across the state of California will converge on Sacramento for ENACT Nutrition and Physical Activity Day. We hope to see you at the Capitol – but you don’t have to be in Sacramento to participate in ENACT Day! 

If you care about the curbing consumption of sugary drinks, making school zones safer places for students who walk and bike to school, stretching the dollars of people living in poverty when they use nutrition benefits at farmers markets, and ensuring that no students start the school day hungry, Virtual ENACT Day is the place to be.  

Visit our online action center. We’ve got all the tools you need to be an outstanding e-advocate, from fact sheets and talking points to letters of support you can send directly to your legislators. If you’ll be in Sacramento tomorrow meeting with your legislators, encourage your friends and family back home to support you by joining Virtual ENACT Day. 

Whether you’re joining us at the Capitol or from your desk, we want to thank you for speaking up for a healthier, safer and more equitable California.

Here’s how you can join the action on Virtual ENACT Day:

A few weeks back, we had a great post from California Food Policy Advocates (CFPA) on the Child and Adult Care Food Program’s (CACFP) updated nutrition standards. It included a lot of great background information on the program and details about the current update process:

"In 2010, through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, Congress required the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to update the CACFP meal pattern and better align it with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Under the proposed rule, meals served to children in child care will include a greater variety of vegetables and fruits, more whole grains, and less sugar and fat. This proposal is the first major update of the CACFP meal patterns since the program's inception in 1968. The public has 90 days to comment, with all comments due by April 15, 2015."

It's one month until the annual ENACT Nutrition and Physical Activity Day, so reserve your spot today! On May 6th at the Sacramento Masonic Temple, join community members and advocates from all over California to learn about and support state policies promoting nutrition and physical activity.

ENACT Day is a terrific free event that empowers community members to take action on the issues impacting health in their communities. The event also gives attendees the resources needed to effectively advocate for policy change and connects them to the policymakers who are capable of making those changes. You can register on our website today!

This video from the Strategic Alliance highlights what you can expect at ENACT Day:

We want everyone who is interested to be able to attend, so a limited number of travel scholarships are available. We encourage you to register early to help us determine the potential need for travel assistance. If you would like to apply for a travel scholarship, you must register by this Wednesday, April 8th, and indicate your interest on the registration form. We will contact you with details.

Below is the full event information. We’d love to see you there!

May 6, 2015 – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Sacramento Masonic Temple
1123 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Register Now

ENACT Day is FREE, and lunch will be provided. Registration closes April 24th.

ENACT Day is sponsored by these great partner organizations:

On January 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a proposed rule with new science-based nutrition standards for meals provided through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The CACFP provides reimbursements for meals and snacks served to children in child care facilities, after-school programs, and emergency shelters. Each day, an average of 475,000 children in California are benefitting from the nutrition resources provided through CACFP. 

California has more than 3 million children between the ages of 0 and 5, of which more than one in four (26.6%) live in poverty. Early childhood is a critical time of development. Nutrition habits and preferences are developed within the first five years of life. Young children are especially vulnerable to the impacts of food insecurity, with poor nutrition affecting a young child's ability to learn and grow. CACFP is an essential component of our child care system. Not only does the program ensure young children in child care receive adequate and healthful foods, but it also supports the overall quality of child care.