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Welcome back to school and to the Far North & CA Higher Education CalFresh Outreach Monthly Email. The purpose of this email is to provide CalFresh related information, upcoming webinars, and reminders. 
Save the date for the CalFresh Outreach CHC Subcontractor Summit on March 5, 2019 in Sacramento. The Summit will convene the day before the statewide 2019 CalFresh Forum on March 6. Please keep in mind that many of you included this travel cost when developing your CFO Budgets. A calendar invite was sent to your campuses Project Director and Coordinator so please coordinate with them to determine who will represent your campus.   

Friendly Reminder: The “Freshy” Award Nomination period is closing soon. Do you know an administrator, outreach leader, campus leader, grassroots mobilizer, or elected official that should be nominated? Anyone can submit a nomination and I encourage you to add your county and program to the list. Questions, please reach out to your CFO Program Manager.
AB 2178: This bill recently signed into law by Governor Brown and could affect food pantries on college campuses. The new rule will require some pantries to register with their local enforcement agency for a nominal fee. Pantries will be asked for basic information and depending on counties, occasional site inspections may take place. For more information, please click on the link. Tip sheet for campuses coming soon. 

AB 1894: Post secondary education: student hunger: This bill passed in September 2018. The bill will authorize any qualifying food facility located on a campus of the California State University to participate in the CalFresh Restaurant Meal Program (RMP) even if the facility is located in a county that does not participate in the RMP. The CSUs are piloting this project and the opportunity is likely to expand to other colleges.The CSU Chancellor's office created a sheet that includes Tips for Establishing RMP at Your College
Government Shutdown and CalFresh Benefits

USDA Announces Plan to Protect SNAP Participants' Access to SNAP in February: The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture announced a plan to ensure that low-income Americans have access to the nutrition they need, despite the Government shutdown. 

An All County Welfare Director was released in mid January regarding the Federal Shutdown and CalFresh: Plan for Early Issuance of February Benefits by January 20. It is important to note: 
  • For ongoing recipients, benefits should have been issued already from the 16th – 20th of this month.
  • For those recertifying in the month of January, if they did not submit all verifications by the 15th of this month, once all verifications have been received, their benefits for February will issue on or after the 1st.
  • And for those who applied for aid after the 15th of January, benefits will issue on or after February 1st if there is still funding.
Please encourage students to apply for CalFresh now rather than waiting for the shutdown to end. 

CalFresh Outreach DaysSpring will be here soon, and with it will come the perfect time to host a CalFresh Outreach Day! This webinar will cover the basics of a CalFresh Outreach Day, different event styles, planning and logistics best practices, promotional ideas and more! If you are a CSU campus, there is a system-wide CalFresh Outreach Day on February 27th, and this will help you set the stage for this day.

Both the CalFresh Outreach Days and the Social Media Webinar will be focused on CalFresh Outreach Day. Click on the above link to register. 

Reminders: 
  • Q1 reports were due by end of day January 15th. If you have reporting questions, please reach out to your Program Manager. Please submit all of your reporting documents through CalFresh Outreach reporting website
  • Fiscal reporting for October, November, December is due on January 30th
    • This includes your fiscal reporting workbook (Invoice & State Share Documentation Report) with Q1 pages completed
    • Signed Time & Effort Forms (TEFs) to align with hours reported for personnel.  
    • More information about submission will be coming in January from your assigned Fiscal Analyst. If your campus/organization has held off starting work since we still do not have a signed agreement, you do not need to submit reporting documents. Remember, you can always submit a supplemental invoice later in the year (up to one for each quarter) if you will not be reporting for Q1, but later realize you had expenses to capture

 

Social Media Work Group:
Social media continues to be the way that students, faculty and staff receive so much of their information, and it is a great tool to utilize for your CalFresh Outreach program! This is a continuing workgroup webinar, where we explore strategies and best practices around social media presence and promotion. This particular webinar will focus on promotion for CalFresh Outreach Days. If you would like to share your own campus’s strategies, please let us know by responding to this email. Click on link to register

Save the date: ENACT Day 2019

Join us on April 30th in Sacramento to celebrate the 15th Annual ENACT Day! Registration will open in February 1st, so be sure to watch communications from our team and our organizing partners. A limited number of scholarships will be available.
 

As always, let us know if you have any questions!
Email: CHCCalFreshOutreach@csuchico.edu
Phone number: (530) 898-5442
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