Hunger Advocacy Network Elected Officials’ Breakfast

The Hunger Advocacy Network (HAN) hosted their annual legislative breakfast on June 20th, featuring Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins. The event brought HAN members together with elected officials and their staff to participate in an informative presentation on the interrelatedness of the cost of living, low wages, and hunger in San Diego.
In her keynote speech, the (Honorable) Toni Atkins, Speaker of the California State Assembly and member representing the 78th district, outlined the State’s new $156.3 billion spending plan which was signed by the Governor on June 20th in San Diego. The new budget, which has been hailed as taking historic steps to address poverty, includes a repeal on the ban for food assistance for past drug offenders, renews funds for affordable housing, and increases the budget for early childhood education and childcare for low income families.
In a panel presentation, Center on Policy Initiatives, Housing on Merit, and County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency shared local poverty data and what each agency is doing to address the issue.  HAN also provided an update on its state policy priorities and current advocacy efforts.
The Hunger Advocacy Network is a collaborative of San Diego hunger stakeholders who conduct state-level anti-hunger and food security advocacy. HAN partners annually develop a food security-focused legislative agenda to support through year-long advocacy activities. The group is convened by Jewish Family Service and funded by the Leichtag Foundation.