California Food Policy Advocates Virtual Town Hall on COVID-19 - Shared screen with speaker view
Yes! We will share the recording after the call.
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Hi Maria and B, I will email you to resolve the issue.
The CA WIC Program served over 30,000 MORE participants in March than in Feb!!
does the availability of pandemic EBT impact schools to continue to be able to provide meal options (grab and go etc.)
thank you Melissa! That was a great update
Thank you for sharing! Will this call be recorded?
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Will CalFresh/FNS be expanding the EBT Restaurant Meals Program by making it more accessible (reduced application requirements, more funding for POS) to more restaurants during, and in the aftermath of, the pandemic?
Will the stimulus payments be counted as income for people receiving public benefits? I've seen differing answers.
Liliana, no it will not count because it is a "one time payment"
Maritza Guardian- San Diego Food Bank
so if we submit an application on getcalfresh.org they do need to complete the interview by phone?
Do we have a sense of how long ABAWD rules could be waived in 1st and 2nd wave counties?
Will online purchasing include coverage for delivery fees?
Is the online purchasing program expected to be rolled back once things return to normal?
Will restaurants not already part of RMP who are now selling products online be eligible to apply to sell online with EBT? Do they apply as a retailer?
SNAP/CalFresh benefits cannot be used to pay for delivery fees. It is unclear whether retailers would be willing to waive delivery fees for CalFresh online customers during the emergency.
Can children enrolled in a childcare center, like Head Start, get Pandemic EBT?
Our district is delivering meals to school bus sites.
who covers the cost of the school bus operations (district, private etc.)?
Thank you for sharing information about WIC.
fantastic summary, thank you for holding this town hal
Echoing Melissa's shout out to State WIC Leadership: proactive, immediately responsive, terrifically flexible and open to all ideas! Love the support
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Well repeat the wic, please?
New and returning WIC applicants have stated that they left or stayed away /c of Public Charge fears. Now they are coming back because their Food insecurity is so great.
WIC just received an expansion on food choices so participants have more food availability as of today
How can we engage small restaurant owners in food aid structures so that gov’t $$ support both owners and individuals that need food assistance?
new CalFresh applicants are challenged with the requirement submit documents to determine eligibility. Our agency is helping client apply for CalFresh.
Challenge of disseminating information and changes happening to nutrition programs to communities that have limited access to technology
Most all WIC agenciese are providing remote services. It is very busy on the phones; best to apply on line if possible or please encourage patience.
To Francesca's question: no, we do not. Given the spiking unemployment rate it will be important for USDA to allow flexibility to states to recalculate and resubmit waiver requests with the most recent unemployment data.
Is it true that food pantries are running out of food?
as an afterschool provider, some of our sites are being closed to child care but being converted to food distribution centers by the school district with our staff running them, are there emergency operational funds accessible to our agency to help pay for the operation costs?
Is there any chance we could waive the income reporting threshold for folks through the pandemic?
Just want to echo Naomi’s Q on how to engage small restaurant owners in food aid structures
Question; How can EBT users get food delivered to them that are "sheltered-in?"
Did your Representative sign on to give a boost to CalFresh benefits? Check this tracker:https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1TBquufktQE1-RqwRwrRA4tJRcjBF45e3UYYVr14e99w/edit?usp=sharing
What work is being done to serve meals to individuals with disabilities (adults) that may be homebound.
Naomi/ElenaGuevara: we are working on that precisely - activating restaurants to help prepare meals for those that need meals. Happy to share more info
Challenge of supporting "non-traditional" retailers, such as farmers markets and corner stores, who are struggling to remain open during the pandemic and/or cannot currently accept SNAP or WIC
Yes, could you help circulate the restaurant info
Can 501(C)3 org apply for USDA federal food program?
A list of orgs that are willing to deliver food, meal kits, groceries, grab and go bags in the greater Bay Area would be really helpful
Resources available for immigrants: https://cfpa.net/covid-19-response-immigrants/
Hearing about challenges related to the number of places people have to go to get their food needs met (school pick up, pantry site, grocery store etc.). Curious about policy or programmatic ideas around creating a more streamlined experience to "shopping" --most of us aren't going to multiple places to meet our daily caloric needs.
When will the webinar and presentation be available? Would like to share it out to our network of parents/grantees/funders
The policy/flexibility tracker from CFPA can be found here: https://cfpa.net/new-flexibilities-h-r-6201/#more-18561
This is a great source for school meals
Interested in policies including flexibility that will be needed to meet food needs of individuals and families that are in home isolation once diagnosed with C19?
Virtual townhall happening tonight with Scott Winner, it tarts at 7:30-8:30 BIT.LY/LIVETOWNHALL or call to 8447675679
Our partners at the California Immigrant Policy Center put together this resource document for immigrants. This guide includes information on resources across the state and in local regions for all immigrants. https://caimmigrant.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/2020_03-COVID19-Information-Resources-for-CA-Immigrants.pdf?emci=e7889c84-276e-ea11-a94c-00155d03b1e8&emdi=31486da4-ca6e-ea11-a94c-00155d03b1e8&ceid=4719175COVID
Yay, thanks for the upcoming unhoused section!
A number of farmers’ markets are still offering incentives to match CalFresh- FMFinder.org
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Thank you to the entire CFPA team!
Information was helpful thank you.
thank you so much!