Assemblymember Gloria Leads Bipartisan Coalition to Request Additional State Funding for Food Banks

Friday, April 24, 2020

Gloria, Colleagues Call for Millions in State Funds to Support Food Banks Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

SAN DIEGO, CA – California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) is leading a bipartisan effort to secure millions in state funding for California’s food banks. Today, Assemblymember Gloria sent a letter signed by 48 of his legislative colleagues to Governor Gavin Newsom requesting $32 million to bolster the resilience and long-term capacity of the State’s emergency food network.

There is a pressing need to build up the capacity to feed Californians during states of emergency,” said Assemblymember Gloria. “The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated this need, and made this request even more urgent and necessary. We must ensure our food banks can support people and keep them fed when they need it most. For these reasons, we urge Governor Newsom to include this crucial funding in the state budget.”

The $32 million in one-time funding is requested to be comprised as follows:

  • $8 million for permanent, on-site investments to support food bank operations during disasters. This would include equipment such as back-up generators, solar power battery storage, and fuel tanks.
  • $24 million for temporary spikes in hunger needs during disasters. This would allow food banks to purchase healthy, rarely-donated items such as ready-to-eat meals, in bulk.

This request was developed through a survey of California food banks based on their direct experience during and after disasters.

"On behalf of California’s food bank network, we are extraordinarily grateful to have the support of Assemblymember Gloria and his colleagues on this critical funding request," said James Floros, President and CEO of the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. "California’s food banks will always be there, in times of emergency, to support people experiencing disasters such as wildfires, mudslides, earthquakes, droughts, and the impacts of power safety power shutoffs. With onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, our food bank network is seeking investment from the state to support our emergency-relief capacity to ensure that California’s food banks can continue to provide vital, emergency hunger-relief services to the millions of Californians impacted by the pandemic for the weeks and months to come.”

If approved as part of the state budget, the $32 million would be allocated to the California Department of Social Services for distribution to food banks as grants.