Act Now to Support AB 1321 in California’s Budget: Nutrition Incentives Act Is Win-Win for Low-Income Families & Small Farmers

20150310ab1321Last week Governor Brown released his revised budget for the state. In response to the Governor’s proposal, the California state Assembly and Senate are in the process of preparing their counter-proposal. Now is the time to ask California’s Budget leaders to Fund Nutrition Incentives Act, AB 1321. For background on AB 1321, click here.

How can you help?
Send an email or letter to the budget committee today. Below is a form letter you can copy and paste to send. You can also click here to submit a letter through our partner Roots of Change’s website.

SUBJECT: Please include the Nutrition Incentive Matching Grant Program in your budget proposal!

YOUR LETTER:
I am writing to express my support for $5 million per budget year for the Nutrition Incentive Matching Grant Program budget proposal, which would double the value of nutrition assistance benefits (e.g. CalFresh) when beneficiaries purchase fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets and qualified small businesses. It’s a win-win for California’s low-income population, small- and mid-sized farmers, and local and rural farming economies. The six-times return on investment for this type of program is clear and California should not leave any more federal matching dollars on the table.

RECIPIENTS:

Senator Kevin de León, Pro Tem

Assemblymember Toni Atkins, Speaker

Senate Budget Committee
State Capitol, Room 5019
Sacramento, California 95814
Senator Mark Leno, Senate Budget Committee (Chair)
Senator Holly Mitchell, Budget Subcommittee No. 3 (Chair)
Senator Bill Monning, Budget Subcommittee No. 3
Senator Jeff Stone, Budget Subcommittee No. 3

Assembly Budget Committee
State Capitol, Room 6026
Sacramento, California 95814
Assemblymember Shirley Weber, Assembly Budget Committee (Chair)
Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, Budget Subcommittee No. 1 (Chair)
Assemblymember Rob Bonta, Budget Subcommittee No. 1
Assemblymember David Chiu, Budget Subcommittee No. 1
Assemblymember Shannon Grove, Budget Subcommittee No. 1
Assemblymember Brian Jones, Budget Subcommittee No. 1
Assemblymember Melissa Melendez, Budget Subcommittee No. 1


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