$2.5M for Nutrition Incentives Chopped from State Budget, but AB 1321 is Still in Play

$2.5M for Nutrition Incentives Chopped from State Budget, but AB 1321 is Still in Play
Last week in Sacramento, the $2.5 million in nutrition incentives that we’ve been lobbying for was dropped during the 2015-2016 budget negotiation between the legislature and the governor. However, AB 1321 is still in play- the bill would set up the infrastructure necessary to administer a nutrition incentive grant program, once funding is secured. The… Read more »

Market Match: Our Big Win for Low-Income Shoppers Is Happening at a Farmers’ Market Near You

Market Match: Our Big Win for Low-Income Shoppers Is Happening at a Farmers' Market Near You
Market Match is up and running at our three weekly farmers’ markets. This means that CalFresh recipients can come to the farmers’ markets to spend their benefits and get them matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $10 per visit, to spend on fruits and vegetables. Visit FMFinder.org to find a farmers’ market near you that accepts EBT,… Read more »

First Wave of Soda Tax Dollars Goes Toward Public School Garden Program

First Wave of Soda Tax Dollars Goes Toward Public School Garden Program
Last week, community members gathered at the Ecology Center to hear updates about revenue from the soda tax, and how that money is being used to support Berkeley’s public school gardening program. The soda tax, which drew in $116,000 from its first month, is projected to add $1.2 million annually to the City’s general fund.… Read more »

Success! California Assembly Approves AB 1321

Success! California Assembly Approves AB 1321
Update: AB 1321 was approved by the Assembly on Wednesday, June 3, with strong bipartisan support in a vote of 61 to 16! Thank you to all who advocated and contacted Assemblymembers to secure this important step. It is currently being held in the Conference Budget Committee, which is holding this item until Monday. If… Read more »

Soda Tax & the BUSD Cooking & Gardening Programs, 6/4/15

Soda Tax & the BUSD Cooking & Gardening Programs, 6/4/15
Have you heard? The first month of Measure D soda taxes has been collected. Meanwhile, BUSD’s Cooking and Gardening programs are desperate for funding. How much soda tax was collected? And where will that money go? And who decides? Come to the Ecology Center at 7PM on the night of Thursday, June 4 and find… Read more »