California Senator proposes bill to banish sugary drinks from CalFresh

February 7, 2013

According to the Los Angeles Times, Californians who get help under CalFresh, the food stamps program, may soon be put on a diet by state lawmakers, who are considering barring use of the benefits to buy sugar-sweetened beverages.

State Sen. Michael J. Rubio (D-East Bakersfield) has introduced legislation (SB 134) that proposes to modify the list of allowable food items that can be purchased under CalFresh to exclude many sweetened beverages containing more than 10 calories per cup.

Although administered by the state, CalFresh is paid for by the federal government, so the California Dept. of Social Services would have to get Washington’s approval before it can banish sugar-sweetened beverages from the program.

Los Angeles Times article