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Extending food support to undocumented Californians blocked by federal policies

Did you know federal rules block undocumented Californians from receiving food support through the CalFresh program? CalFresh is a key resource to help families put food on the table and has been essential during the pandemic when Californians do not have stable income or jobs to pay for basic needs.

As a new report from the Budget Center shows, California children in families that include undocumented immigrants were an estimated three to four times more likely to be growing up in families struggling to meet their basic needs than children in non-immigrant families.

This is why policymakers should extend state food assistance benefits to undocumented Californians as part of their 2021-22 budget priorities. Policymakers can invest now in undocumented Californians and choose to reduce policy-driven inequities that exclude people based on immigration status from food, health, and economic support.

To view the report, click here.

Immigration status effect on CalFresh (federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits. Graphic courtesy of California Budget & Policy Center.
Immigration status effect on CalFresh (federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits. Graphic courtesy of California Budget & Policy Center.
This article was released by the California Budget & Policy Center.