COVID-19 exposed the fragility of our state’s food and farming system, while highlighting the essential role that local farms, food banks, schools, food chain laborers, and social safety net services play in times of need.
As in all aspects of our lives, we did things differently in 2020. Groups representing the diversity of food and farming issues facing the state collectively identified the following pieces of legislation as essential to ensuring the state can continue to feed people and protect our essential food and farming workers during the pandemic. These priority bills also include legislation aimed at breaking down structural and institutional systems of oppression that uphold racial inequities in our nation as well as in our food and farming system, in response to the national racial justice reckoning spurred by Georgle Flyod’s murder and to better align our work with our commitment for racial equity.
2020 Priority Food + Farm Bills
AB 826 (Santiago) – Emergency Food Assistance for Undocumented Immigrants
AB 1022 (Wicks) – California Anti-Hunger Response and Employment Training Act
AB 2043 (Rivas) – Farmworker COVID-19 Health and Safety Act
AB 2054 (Kamlager) – C.R.I.S.E.S. Act
AB 3121 (Weber) – Reparations Task Force
ACA 5 (Weber) – Support California Act for Economic Prosperity
SB 882 (Weiner) – CalFresh—Simpler for Seniors
CFFN’s positions on legislation do not necessarily represent the positions of all of our members.