Support the Nutrition Incentive Matching Grant Budget Proposal!
Yesterday, the California Senate added a $2.5 million proposal to its budget, every cent of which will be matched by a federal grant, if we can bring the State Assembly on board.
This tiny amount, in the big scheme of things, will help low-income folks eat healthier food from small and mid-sized farms near them.
The Senate and Assembly are beginning to negotiate their respective budgets. Make sure the Assembly cuts this one IN.
Please take two minutes to call your rep right now and ask for his or her support.
It matters to you and me as well as to our state’s poor
Consider the costs if we don’t help to provide food security to low-income folks.
Healthy diets mean healthy bodies that better fight off illness, reducing sick day losses in every industry. Investing this relatively small amount of money, with its matching funds, will save many more millions in these four ways.
- More operating money to our schools because fewer school sick days
- More job productivity because fewer missed days of work, and fewer people coming to work sick
- More worker dollars going right back into our economy because fewer lost wages
- Lower health care costs to the state, which often has to pick up the tab for low-income workers
This is a strong investment, saving the state money in both the short- and long-term.
You can make a difference right now
With just two minutes of your time, you can make a difference.
Everything you need to speak or send an email to your assembly member, including phone numbers and/or email addresses, along with a sample script. is in this link right here:
Please help to keep this item in the budget as the Senate and Assembly head into negotiations.
Good luck, and let me know how it goes, won’t you?
I’m calling my rep as soon as I post this.
UPDATE: When I got back to the page, I checked out the email link, and in less than 30 seconds, I sent an e-mail to every key player, including my own rep about this. So easy!