AB 221

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2021-2022 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly
  • Assembly
  • Senate
  • Governor

Emergency food assistance.


Existing law establishes and requires the State Department of Social Services to administer the CalFood Program to provide food and funding to food banks whose primary function is to facilitate the distribution of food to low-income households, as specified. This bill would require the department to provide a food assistance benefit statewide to low-income California residents, regardless of their immigration status, upon the appropriation of funds by the Legislature for this purpose or a determination by the Governor that specified funds available to the Governor may be used for this purpose. The bill would provide that a person is eligible for this benefit if they are an adult who self-attests to eligibility for at least one of 3 prescribed benefits, including the Federal Emergency Food Assistance Program, and that this benefit is a disaster benefit rather than a public social service. The bill would require the department to commission a study to provide recommendations and solutions to a permanent food assistance program for low-income California residents experiencing food insecurity, to complete that study by January 1, 2023, and to submit a copy of that study to the Legislature. This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

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Jan 28, 2021


Referred to Com. on HUM. S.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on HUM. S.

Jan 12, 2021


From printer. May be heard in committee February 11.

Jan 11, 2021


Read first time. To print.

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