Senator Melissa Hurtado to Hold Informational Hearings to Examine Vulnerable Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

November 16, 2020

Senator Melissa Hurtado to Hold Informational Hearings to Examine Vulnerable Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

(Sacramento, CA) – Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger), Chair of the Senate Committee on Human Services, will host two informational hearings on the effects of COVID-19 today and tomorrow.  On Monday the committee will examine how foster care is being impacted by the pandemic and on Tuesday it will study the status of food assistance for vulnerable populations during COVID-19. 

Senator Hurtado is convening panels of experts, including representatives from the Department of Social Services and county human services offices; advocates for youth, caregivers and families within the foster care system; and anti-hunger advocates, to discuss these important topics.  Presentation topics to include the impact of the pandemic on children in foster care and vulnerable populations, including farmworkers and older adults, who are struggling to get enough to eat.

WHO:     Senator Melissa Hurtado, Chair of Senate Human Services 

WHAT:   Senate Human Service Committee Informational Hearing

WHEN:   November 16, 1 p.m.      COVID-19 Impacts on Foster Care

               November 17, 1 p.m.      Fighting Hunger: Food Assistance for Vulnerable Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The hearings will be held in State Capitol, Room 4203. Due to the statewide stay-at-home order and guidance on physical distancing, seating for committee hearings will be very limited for press and for the public. All are encouraged to watch the hearing from the live stream on the Senate’s website at https://www.senate.ca.gov/.

To attend the November 16th hearing virtually in “listen only” mode please dial 1-888-251-2909 and use access code 7362832.

To attend the November 16th hearing virtually and provide public comment please dial 1- 844-291-6364 and use access Code: 4757135.

Call in and public comment information for the November 17th hearing will be posted on the Senate Committee on Human Services website. 

Event Agenda and Background Materials

 

About Senator Melissa Hurtado

 

Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) represents the 14th Senate district in California, which includes cities in Fresno, Kern, Kings and Tulare counties. Senator Hurtado was born in Fresno, California and is a lifelong resident of Sanger.