AB-1894: Postsecondary education: student hunger

Session: 2017-2018
Author: Weber
Status: Alive
AAP-CA Position: Support
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Current law requires each public and private postsecondary educational institution that is located in a county that participates in the Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) to apply to become an approved food vendor for the program, if the institution operates any qualifying food facilities, as defined, on campus, or to provide contracting on-campus food vendors, as defined, with specified information about the program. This bill would require an approved on-campus qualifying food facility that participates in the RMP pursuant to the bill to meet all of the requirements for participation in that program.

AAP Positional Letter

March 6, 2018

The Honorable Jose Medina,

Chair, Assembly Higher Education Committee 1020 N Street, Room 173

Sacramento, CA 95814

RE: AB 1894 (Weber): Postsecondary education: student hunger AAP-CA Position: Support

Dear Assembly Member Medina,

The American Academy of Pediatrics, California (AAP-CA), representing over 5,000 California pediatricians, supports AB 1894 (Weber). This bill would improve access to federal benefits for California’s low-income college students by expanding the CalFresh Restaurant Meals Program to all California State University locations regardless of whether or not their county has chosen to participate in the program for the non-student population.

New research shows the high prevalence of food insecurity and hunger on California’s College campuses. According

to California State University (CSU), one in five CSU students experience hunger and one in ten experience homelessness. The University of California Regents found in a recent survey that one in five University of California (UC) students do not have access to adequate food or nutrition. Furthermore, nationwide, reports from the Hope Lab, which conducts research aimed at improving equitable outcomes in postsecondary education, show that half of all community college students are struggling with housing and/or food insecurity.

Food insecurity in higher education can impair a young person’s ability to concentrate and perform well in their studies.

AB 1894 (Weber) would reduce food insecurity by allowing for every CSU college to allow for students who are homeless to use their CalFresh benefits at college campus cafeterias through the Restaurant Meals Program.

Pediatricians across the state urge you to vote AYE on AB 1894 (Weber). Thank you for your public service and leadership on behalf of the health and wellbeing of children, youth, and families in California.


Kris Calvin

Chief Executive Officer, American Academy of Pediatrics, California

cc: Assembly Health Committee Members

Office of Honorable Shirley Weber, California State Assembly (Author) Lydia Bourne, AAP-CA Lobbyist