COVID-19 Action

End Child Poverty California and our movement partners are undertaking urgent advocacy to get children and families in poverty the relief they deserve now and into the future. Let’s build back better.

Civil Rights Leader Dolores Huerta of the Dolores Huerta Foundation speaks on a HEROES Act advocacy call with Rep. Zoe Lofgren

Federal Work

We need the HEROES Act now. It includes critical relief for families and important investments in recovery. Without this infusion of money to stabilize families and economies, state budgets across the country will be slashed further.


On March 26, 2020, the End Child Poverty California movement held an organizing call with Congressmember Karen Bass, Civil Rights Leader Dolores Huerta, our CEO Conway Collis, and 80+ members of our movement community. That call marked the start of a series of federal advocacy visits.


The End Child Poverty California movement priorities are reflected in the HEROES Act, and we are now meeting with federal leaders to urge passage of the bill. Families and communities need relief and ongoing investment.

Read about our End Child Poverty California movement federal advocacy meetings with national leaders.

URGENT: Has your organization signed the End Child Poverty California Movement’s Federal Stimulus letter to lawmakers? If not, click here. We are accepting new signatures as the movement grows.

Father Jon Pedigo of Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County speaks about hunger relief on a HEROES Act advocacy call with Rep. Zoe Lofgren

California Work


In March, we sent an urgent letter to the Governor asking for the adoption of the COVID-19 Anti-poverty Stimulus Package, focused on families and children in poverty. Dozens of partners joined us in the letter campaign.

End Child Poverty California Letter to the Governor from CEO Conway Collis and Dolores Huerta, President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation

End Child Poverty California Anti-Poverty Stimulus Press Release


The third federal stimulus package included almost all of our asks, taking the pressure off of California to provide the additional relief funds. However, undocumented families were left out of critical relief. Undocumented workers are in some of the hardest hit industries and these taxpayers are receiving little-to-no support. So our focus has now shifted to making sure California provides relief to ALL families.

Urge action to include undocumented Californians in emergency COVID-19 relief and ongoing support. ALL our communities will need help to come back strong. One in ten California workers is undocumented, and they are disproportionately in the hardest hit sectors. Join us in our work with the Safety Net For All and CalEITC coalitions.

Read the press release

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Share Your Story & Resources

1. Share your experience during this crisis. Your story and your community’s experience will help inform policies.

Children and families in poverty were struggling with housing and food insecurity prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The crisis has brought increased job losses and reduced hours, health issues and additional trauma and insecurity.

2. Submit city, county, or statewide resources to add to the End Child Poverty California collection of COVID-19 Resources.


Download & listen to the End Child Poverty California movement’s first COVID-19 Action Call