About 150 people from the private and government sectors turned out for the community forum on hunger hosted by the First 5
"We believe this is just another attempt to harm our immigrant population," McKnight said. "We think it is mean-spirited. We think it is unfair. It is something that we will continue to fight vigorously."
Contacted following the meeting,
"This will also put more pressure on the food bank to fill the need," Ash said. "Unfortunately, the food bank wouldn't be able to absorb a huge influx of people who will need our services if these changes are allowed to move forward."
"This policy is just an extension of Trump's larger effort to tear families apart," Carrera said. "Now is the time for all of us to unite to fight back against this nonsense."
McKnight provided some numbers to illustrate that hunger exists in
"We know that hunger is a problem," McKnight said, "to the tune of one in five are at risk of hunger in
McKnight said 46,000
But McKnight said according to the California Budget and Policy Center, a family of four in
"We also know that race matters," Meigs said.
She said that approximately half of all
Meigs said over the last several years
Speakers from the food bank and
One of the handouts supplied at the forum noted, however, that "
"If fully utilized," the handout stated, "CalFresh would generate an additional
Following the meeting, Dr.
"On the other side of the equation," Colfax said, "more people are being scared away from government programs, and fewer people are eligible due to the improving economy."
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