June 13 at 2:56pm

Interfaith food and basic needs manager, Jerry Morgan, joins Hunger Action Day in Sacramento

Jerry Morgan joined a group of about 600 anti-hunger advocates from across California participating in the annual Hunger Action Day in Sacramento.

Interfaith’s program manager for basic needs was among a contingent from San Diego’s Hunger Advocacy Network who visited the state capital May 22 to urge lawmakers to support its agenda of anti-hunger legislation.

This year’s participants were seeking support for four bills proposed in the state Assembly or Senate. The respective bills would make it easier for Medi-Cal recipients, veterans, unaccompanied homeless youth and individuals convicted of drug felonies to obtain eligibility for CalFresh, the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps).

Morgan and other anti-hunger advocates met with Assemblyman Rocky Chavez (R-Oceanside) and staff members of Assemblywoman Marie Waldron (R-Escondido) to make their points.

“We go up there to educate first. There are so many bills the representatives have to be aware of. They depend a lot on their staffers to give recommendations (about legislation),” said Morgan. “Our responsibility is to educate the staffers to bills that affect hunger.”

Interfaith is one of 18 stakeholders in the San Diego Hunger Advocacy Network, which supports the statewide advocacy efforts, among them Hunger Action Day. Members of the collaborative got together about six months ago to determine the bills on which to focus this year.

“I’ve done this for a number of years. Every time I do it, it reinforces the fact that if we don’t advocate for these things, nobody else will,” said Morgan. “The people these bills affect aren’t people who go to Sacramento and advocate.”