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1 Policy & Advocacy San Diego Food Funders April 23, 2015 Anahid Brakke Executive Director

2 Organizational History 1974: Founded to work on coordinating local food pantries and food drives 1975: First advocacy campaign (SB To enable local stores to donate damaged food to pantries) 1977: Key player in starting San Diego Food Bank Early 80 s: Shifted focus to federal nutrition programs 2005: Launched CalFresh Task Force 2006: Hired first paid staff (Tia Anzellotti) w/grant from MAZON

3 Federal Nutrition Programs 90% of food assistance Estimated Sources of Food Assistance Dollars Food Bank (Federal), 1% Food Bank (Non- Federal), 5% [CATEGORY NAME] [PERCENTAGE ] Charitable Response, 2% WIC, 5% School & Summer Meals, 12% CalFresh [PERCENTAGE ]

4 SD Hunger Coalition Today CalFresh School Meals Policy & Advocacy Provide training and technical assistance for community-based organizations and schools. Educate policymakers and the public about social, economic, and environmental factors that contribute to hunger. Advocates for legislative and administrative policies to end hunger, promote nutrition and protect public health.

5 SD Hunger Coalition Programs CalFresh School Meals Policy & Advocacy Administrative Advocacy CalFresh Task Force Close partnership with County of San Diego Eligibility Operations Inform changes to policy and practice statewide Instrumental role in raising San Diego s CalFresh participation rate from 26% to 64%. Administrative Advocacy Expand: o School Breakfast o Free Meals o After-School Meals o Summer Meals Summer Meals Task Force Legislative Advocacy Educate policy makers Research & data Policy analysis & briefs Local case studies

6 What is Administrative Advocacy? Identify and address systemic barriers Immigration and Sponsorship Training Out-stationed HHSA Eligibility Workers Ensuring passed legislation is implemented Overturn of Drug Felon Ban Develop, incubate and scale up innovative programs Food Security and Healthcare Identify trends and insights using data from 60+ community-based organizations County now provides trauma-informed training to its staff Implementing best practice solutions on the ground that support legislative efforts Breakfast in the Classroom

7 2015 Legislative Priorities: STATE AB 474 (Brown & Thurmond) Increase SSI/SSP for individuals to 112% of FPL, an increase of $210/month. Helped create and now serving as lead facilitator for CA4SSI (Californians for SSI), a broad-based advocacy coalition of over 75 organizations statewide AB 1321 (Ting) - Nutrition Incentive Matching Grant Program AB 292 (Santiago) Students Need Time to Eat AB 608 (Gordon) CalFresh: Direct Certification for School Meals AB 1240 (Bonta) Breakfast in the Classroom SB 297 (McGuire) Public Benefits: E-Verification for CalFresh Using Medi-Cal Info

8 2015 Legislative Priorities: FEDERAL Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization (CNR) Summer EBT for Children School Meal Nutrition Standards Farm Bill and Appropriations SNAP (CalFresh)

9 Local Partners CBOs, Gov Agencies, Healthcare, Schools Districts, Higher Ed, Collaboratives San Diego ACLU San Diego Alliance for African Assistance Alliance to Transform CalFresh Alpha Kappa Alpha Head Start American Indian Health Council American Red Cross WIC BAME CDC Birthline of San Diego Black Infant Health Program Caring Council Catholic Charities Cesar Chavez Elementary Chaldean Middle Eastern Social Services Chula Vista Community Collaborative City Heights Farmers Market CHIP Community Resource Center Encinitas CCHEA Cornerstone Connections CRF Care Program Cultural Access & Resource Enhancement Dreams for Change El Cajon Collaborative Employee Rights Center Episcopal Community Services Head Start Episcopal Refugee Network Family Health Centers of San Diego Feeding America San Diego First United Methodist Church Golden SHARE Foods Grossmont Union High School District Harmonium Heaven s Windows Home Start, Inc. Indian Health Council- Rincon Interfaith Community Services International Rescue Committee Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank Jewish Family Service / HAN La Maestra Community Health Center Legal Aid San Diego MAAC Project Meals-on-Wheels Memorial Preparatory Mental Health System Metro United Methodist Mid City CAN Mountain Health & Community Services National City Collaborative Neighborhood Healthcare Neighborhood House Association New Seasons Church North County Lifeline North County Health Services Nueva Vista Family Services Palomar College Project New Village/People s Produce Project Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Center San Diego American Indian Health Center San Diego County HHSA San Diego County Hospital Association San Diego County Public Health Department San Diego Freedom Ranch San Diego Organizing Project (SDOP) SDSU Research Foundation WIC San Diego Unified School District San Diego Youth Services Sharp Healthcare Systems St. Vincent de Paul Father Joe s Villages San Ysidro Health Center Santee Collaborative SAY San Diego Scripps City Heights Wellness Center SD County Office of Education Second Chance/STRIVE Serving Seniors Sherman Heights Community Center Somali Family Service South Bay Community Services Southern Indian Health Council St. Luke s Refugee Network Super Food Drive Third Avenue Charitable Organization UCSD Center for Community Health UCSD Cooperative Extension UCSD School of Medicine USD School of Nonprofit Management

10 Advocacy & Other Statewide Partners California Food Policy Advocates Hunger Advocacy Network North County Food Policy Council San Diego Food System Alliance California Association of Food Banks California Anti-Hunger Coalition (CHAC) California Coalition for Welfare Rights Organization California Department of Social Services Western Region Anti-Hunger Consortium

11 What s Next for SD Hunger Coalition Legislative advocacy priorities more in line with administrative advocacy priorities: CalFresh & School Meals Increase public education efforts through research and marketing & communications

12 Elements Needed For More Success ( presumably not just dollars ) More sophisticated communications tactics (Yes, I used the word MARKETING on the prior slide) Dollars

13 Thank you! Anahid Brakke Executive Director

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