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CalFresh Outreach Program

CFO Summit 2021: Food is Power

 People speaking and passing out produce

  • About the 2021 Summit

    The annual CFO Higher Ed Summit provides an opportunity for campus partners throughout the state to come together to discuss best practices, expand ideas, and connect to increase food security and justice. This year's Summit is titled, Food is Power. We acknowledge food or lack thereof historically and currently are used as a form of control and power over people. At the same time, food is used as a form of empowerment through liberation, self-sovereignty, healing, and security, especially for communities who have historically and are presently marginalized in our society. CalFresh Food can be one source of power and security to our college students as they pursue attainment of knowledge and skills to better their lives, families, and society as a whole.

    The goal of this year’s summit is to help our partnering network of campuses, their students, staff, professors, and administrators find meaningful connections, elevate understanding of the lived experiences of college students, prioritize self-care and wellness to keep teams at their best to meet and exceed our contract goals of helping students, and understanding how our work is tied to equity and justice. 

Summit Schedule

Day 1

8:30am – 9:00am 

Highlight Reel 

9:00am - 9:15am


9:15am - 9:45am 

Keynote: Food, Justice, and Power - Dr Analena Hope Hassberg 

9:45am - 10:00am 

Wellness Challenge 

10:00am - 10:50am 

Session #1: Meaningful Connections

10:50am - 11:00am 

Wellness Challenge 

11:00am -11:50am 

Session #2: Student Inspired Outreach

11:50am -12:15pm 

Closing Remarks and Preview of June 24th 

Day 1 Resources:

Day 2

8:30am – 9:00am 

Pre-sessions - Complementary CalFresh Programs

9:00am - 9:15am 



Keynote: Food [Policy] is Power by Jared Call 


Wellness Challenge


Session #1: Compassionate Assistance & Amplifying Student Voices 


Wellness challenge 


Session #2: Data Driven Change


Closing Remarks 

Day 2 Resources:

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Analena Hope Hassberg

Dr. Analena Hope Hassberg Dr. Analena Hope Hassberg is a scholar, activist, and educator committed to organizing low-income communities of color around food justice and environmental justice. She earned her Ph.D in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California (USC) before joining the Ethnic and Women’s Studies Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Dr. Hope is a Ford Foundation Predoctoral and Dissertation Fellow, and an active member of several community-based organizations in South Los Angeles. Her research investigates and complicates notions of food security and food sovereignty, and situates food as central to freedom struggles and liberation movements.

Jared Call

Jared Call Jared leads Nourish California’s advocacy aimed at increasing low-income Californians’ access and participation in CalFresh. His areas of focus include ensuring an equitable customer experience across the state, linking CalFresh access to other public benefit programs, and simplifying the application process — particularly for older adults and people with disabilities. He also leads our work to successfully implement state-funded nutrition benefit pilot projects. Jared received his BA in International Relations from San Francisco State University. Prior to becoming a policy advocate, he worked to improve access to healthy food in Los Angeles by operating certified farmers’ markets, nutrition education programs, and healthy incentive projects for a local nonprofit organization.

2020 CFO Summit Photo Highlights

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                          Thank you, Anthem BlueCross, for sponsoring the 2021 Summit!