Let’s make California a state where there is food for all

Years ago, a high school friend of mine – a single mom living in fear due to her legal status – came to my door. “I don’t have formula to feed my baby,” she said.

That moment is still very vivid and painful in my memory. Here was my friend – living as I do in a state that feeds the world – at my door, desperate and in fear for her and her infant child.

Unfortunately, her story is not unique. It is a painful story that many immigrant and migrant communities have and continue to experience.

It’s estimated that 1 in 10 Californians experienced food insecurity prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and that 2 million undocumented immigrants were not eligible for most food assistance programs. After this pandemic, many families will remain in need of food assistance. 

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