Food Stamps and the Farm Bill What is at

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					                                              Food Stamps and the 2007 Farm Bill

What is at stake for California?
Food Stamps Improve the lives of Millions of Californians
  u Approximately 2 million Californians get nutrition assistance from the Food Stamp Program.
  u The $2.3 billion in federal food stamp funds impact the lives of growers and grocers
      throughout this important agricultural state.

Food Stamps Could Improve the Lives of Millions More
  u Another 2 million Californians are eligible for food stamps but no receiving them.
  u As much another $2 billion in federal food stamp funds would flow into the state, if eligible
      Californians were receiving them.

Food Stamps Already Reduce Hunger and Food Insecurity in California
  u Research shows that the Food Stamp Program reduces food insecurity, increases food
      expenditures and raises income.

Food Stamps Could Do More to Reduce Hunger and Food Insecurity
  u According to the California Health Interview Survey only 12% of households experiencing
      food insecurity received food stamps.

Food Stamps Already Improve Nutrition and Health
  u Food stamps already can be used to purchase nutritious foods like whole grain products,
      fruits and vegetables, seafood. There is some evidence that food stamp recipients get more
      nutritional bang for the buck than other shoppers.

Food Stamps Could Do More to Improve Nutrition and Health
  u Food Stamp benefits are already viewed as inadequate and new dietary guidelines are
      encouraging the consumption of healthier and in some cases, costlier foods.


Food Stamps Already Help Working Californians
  u The majority of households participating in food stamps in California are working. Food
      Stamps make work pay by helping close the gap between low -wages and the poverty line.
Food Stamps Could Do More to Help Working Californians
  u The majority of households who are eligible but not participating in food stamps are
      working households. Many food stamp policies make it difficult for families to work and
      still obtain help from food stamps.

What are we asking California’s Congressional Delegation to do?
  u   Make food stamps work better for more working families.
  u   Ensure that food stamp benefits are adequate to support a healthy diet.
  u   Build stronger links between food stamps and other health programs, especially Medicaid.
  u   Better utilize the Food Stamp Program in improving public health.
                                                                  action steps included in this packet


                                           Prepared by California Food Policy Advocates (www.cfpa.net)