Food banks play a critical role in California’s food safety net, reaching over five million people in need, including children, seniors, the working poor, disabled, homeless and veterans. (To find out more about how food banks operate, see Food Banking FAQ
The California Association of Food Banks (CAFB) represents over 40 food banks
throughout the state.
Ending hunger is no small challenge. Food banks play a critical role, but they can’t do it alone. Fighting hunger is not only about providing emergency food to people in need--it also means taking action to address the root causes of hunger and poverty. The California Association of Food Banks (CAFB) and their food bank network are committed to advocating for anti-hunger programs and policies at the federal, state and local levels. Learn more about hunger in California.
They work with decision-makers at state and federal levels to understand the food banking and hunger landscape:
provide expert testimony on hunger-related issues and legislation.
support and sponsor legislation related to hunger, nutrition, and poverty
host an annual Legislative Day for food banks to educate state legislators about hunger in their districts
participate in anti-hunger coalitions and partnering with leading anti-hunger organizations
provide alerts on timely issues