DeSaulnier Introduces Legislation to Establish CalFresh Customer Service Standards and Performance Goals

February 22, 2014 17:00 pm · 23 comments

Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) has introduced SB 1147 to improve California’s CalFresh participation rates by creating statewide customer service performance standards and goals.

The following information is from Senator Mark DeSaulnier:

CalFresh is California’s version of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). California has the lowest participation rates in the nation for a state-based SNAP program.

“Increased participation in CalFresh will allow more families to spend more of their income on necessities other than food and ultimately help the economy grow,” Senator DeSaulnier said. “Low CalFresh participation rates cause the state to miss out on the potential of $8.7 billion in economic activity. We must work with local and federal partners to accurately measure each county’s progress in meeting statewide goals and implement best practices to reduce food insecurities among California’s most vulnerable working families.”

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), only 55% of Californians eligible for CalFresh participated during the 2010 fiscal year. This legislation also seeks to increase transparency by making county-level data indicators of service and performance regularly available to the public.

Senator DeSaulnier has made addressing poverty and inequality in California a top priority, and this bill is a part of those efforts. Senator DeSaulnier also chairs the bicameral, bipartisan Ending Poverty and Inequality in California Caucus.

48.8 million Americans, including16.2 million children, lived in food insecure households in in 2010. A food insecure household, as defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), experiences periods when the household is uncertain of having, or unable to acquire, enough food to meet the needs of all its members because they have insufficient money or other resources for food.

M.O.A February 22, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Keep creating more gov’t dependency Markey, that’s what we can expect from the next George Miller wannabe. I’m going to go puke now,

anonymous February 22, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Addressing poverty ” A top priority”
Right, like helping the middle class down a peg by encouraging welfare, paid for by us.

Thanks a lot, Dimwit

Bob the Repairman February 22, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Hey Mark – –
How are you planning to pay for this?????

Elwood February 22, 2014 at 5:36 PM

” they have insufficient money or other resources for food.”

Probably because they spent all their money on booze and dope.

But a dimmiecrat never met a dole he/she didn’t like.

NIcole February 22, 2014 at 5:43 PM

The first time I read that only 50% of people eligible for food stamps in CA actually apply, I was surprised. All you hear about is welfare, welfare, welfare.

Now I’m reading CA has “the lowest participation rate in the nation.”

I believe in programs like this as a temporary situation, not a way of life. With the economy the way it is, there’s a lot of “temporary situations” out there.

What I don’t understand is why elderly people are only eligible for $16.00 a month, which is the minimum. If anybody really deserves “a little help”, it’s the elderly.

I’ve never been “in the system”, so I have no idea what the criteria is.

All I know is my husband and I pay a disproportionate amount of taxes…..

Mark February 22, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Trying to buy votes of the poor. This clown is too much.

gimme a break February 22, 2014 at 6:07 PM

This press release sounds like they are encouraging people to go on welfare! That’s ridiculous….where will the saved money go exactly when they mention “stimulating the economy” is that maybe booze, cigarettes, and other must haves!? Lol what a joke….

Other states mandate drug testing in order to receive government assistance, and I think it’s time California look at doing something like this rather than the cliche, over used, worn out issue of poverty. Than I’ll trust that the money being saved on groceries will actually be used to stimulate the economy in a good way.

Amy February 22, 2014 at 6:21 PM

What a waste of time.

unknown February 22, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Big brother – more jobs so they can buy your own food and send their kid to school with a good lunch. Farmers have no water, so no food to worry about, anyway.

Loving the Weekend! February 22, 2014 at 6:42 PM

I would guess that people who need help putting food on the table are taking advantage of food pantries (churches) or local food banks.

There’s no stigma attached. Our church has a food pantry and we see everything and everybody. From the homeless to people with successful careers (who’ve lost their job), and everything in between.

All we ask is your first name, and how many are in your family.

If you need help with food, and you don’t want to apply for food stamps (and I understand why), seek help somewhere.

There’s no reason for anyone to go to bed hungry…..especially in tough economic times.

California Nightmare February 22, 2014 at 7:17 PM

The statement Desaulinier makes is false. This program is not for “working families”. There is NO work requirement. In fact, if you work too hard you may become inelligible.

DeSauliner and other Demoncrats have no respect for the truth.

Craig February 22, 2014 at 7:40 PM

The people doing the most complaining are usually paying the least amount in taxes.

anonymous February 22, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Senator Calderon was just indicted for taking bribes. When the investigation was announced, most legislators kept their distance from this crook.

Our Senator DeSaulnier walked up to him and gave him a big man-hug. TV camera caught this action.

Embracing a crook. Egads, has Mark no shame?

anon February 22, 2014 at 8:03 PM

DeSaulnier is clearly not trying to garner votes with this legislation as some here suggest. Impoverished people struggling to survive don’t vote in the percentages as financially and socially empowered people do. Seems that if one’s time is spent to scrape enough together to put food on the table there much time and energy left over to vote. Sad how people who are struggling to survive are so easily disregarded. My hats off to Senator DeSaulnier for doing the right thing by taking a stand to help those who do not have food on their table.

RANDOM TASK February 22, 2014 at 8:11 PM

wow must be elections coming up the criminals are running rampant trying to appease their welfare voters as we the worker pay for it. Will the scams ever stop ……not in this state for sure unless Idaho opens up its state to illegals and section 8 handouts who promise to vote for dems ………..yes illegals can get fake papers duh how do you think they are here in the first place….its well known dems use illegals and even obits to gain votes to keep their huge rears in the warm California sun and aboard the money train. Demifornia (TM) is and has been known to cater to slow minded folks who vote to further their welfare and free healthcare including dental and vision …..even the Obama WILL NOT make that a reality in his program for the ones he is forcing to be locked up in indentured servitude to the healthcare companies as after this year rates will go through the roof as you have to have it …..and no insurance is a mandatory thing and not even a dollar cheaper than it was before we were forced to have it ……same with helmets and pet licenses vegans and welders. buckle up the train is about to suffer some bumps as the engineer is in the Bahamas with no desire to look back

WTF February 22, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Random Task, how’s Lamorinda working you? Do you even have a job? Perhaps SSI?

Ven Exeter February 22, 2014 at 9:30 PM

My, how far we’ve come. When I was younger politicians of every party made promises to help get people get off food stamps and welfare. Now we have fools like this who wear as a badge of honor the number of new families they can trick into the cycle of poverty and dependency. Utterly disgusting and contemptible behavior from a man with no moral compass.

Welfare? Naww February 22, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Welfare Abuse? No way in California!

Geapman February 22, 2014 at 9:34 PM

What is so wrong in trying help people? Why does always have to be about politics? It’s just people helping people !!!

anon February 22, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Spending money doesn’t help the economy grow. When the economy grows, people have more wealth to allocate to other things. Like a typical politician, DeSaulnier puts the cart before the horse, and the boobus who believe that swill go right along with it.

#19 – He’s not helping people; he’s creating excuses for more government control and dependency. And, if he’s trying to help people by destroying wealth, then he’s just foolish.

Elwood February 22, 2014 at 11:03 PM

@ Geapman #19

“It’s just people helping people !!!”

Yeah, right! People helping people buy booze and dope with my tax dollars!

I feel so proud!

Harvey Fierstien February 22, 2014 at 11:23 PM

I just want to be loved is that so wrong?

Anon February 23, 2014 at 8:26 AM

If Mark really wants to help then create jobs, bring back manufacturing and stop giving tax credits to companies who send work outside of the US. Do this and you will get my vote.

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