“The emergency food assistance program is backed by CHIRLA, the California Association of Food Banks and the Western Center on Law & Poverty.”
“These tax credits can be essential and invaluable to making ends meet,” said Mike Herald, policy advocacy director at the Western Center on Law & Poverty. “These have real impacts on people, and they really do reduce poverty among families.”
A college student in Fresno who struggles with hunger has applied for food stamps three times. Another student, who is homeless in Sacramento, has applied twice. Each time, they were denied.
A 61-year-old in-home caretaker in Oakland was cut off from food stamps last year when her paperwork got lost. Out of work, she can’t afford groceries.
…”On a human level, what that means is that we continue to allow Californians to go without food,” said Jessica Bartholow, a policy advocate at the Western Center on Law and Poverty.