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    News Update Oct. 13th 2015

    To All Those Interested in Food and Justice...

    A (usually) weekly update on food issues, promoting access to sufficient, affordable, healthy food—with a focus on campaigns you can become active in!

    October 13th 2015

    Congratulations to Fair Trade LA on their tenth anniversary! FTLA is working to make LA the largest Fair Trade City in the USA. Check out their website at HALA also extends its appreciation to FTLA on being honored at their 10th anniversary celebration. We look forward to extending our partnership with them as domestic and global issues of hunger and poverty converge.

    Thanks for providing some of the following news items is due to Francesca de la Rosa; Mike Herald: Joel Perez: Alma Morales: Diana Darwish: Diana Zuniga: Pamm Larry: and John Farion. Thanks everyone for your contributions!

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    Ask Governor Brown to Sign Anti-Hunger Bills

    Three important bills that will help end hunger in California have made it to Governor Brown's desk! Thanks to our friends at St. Anthony’s you can send your letters to the Gov pronto! Lickety split!

    Click Here To Go To the Form To Create and Send Your Letters Immediately!

    AB 515 (Eggman) will increase the types of healthy food that California growers and food producers can donate to food banks.  It's a win-win for helping California farmers reduce food waste while feeding hungry neighbors in need.

    AB 1321 (Ting), the California Nutrition Incentives Act, will help California leverage federal dollars to allow low-income Californians to purchase healthy foods at farmers' markets.

    SB 708 (Mendoza)  will reduce the incidence of child hunger by improving access to translated school meal applications and will add links to those applications to connect families to other support programs, such as CalFresh (food stamps).

    The deadline for the governor to sign is October 11. We don't know exactly when the Governor will take action on these bills, so the sooner you can email him to show your support, the better!

    Use the sample letter at the link below to send a message to Governor Brown, asking him to sign AB 515, AB 1321, and SB 708.  Feel free to use the language provided or customize the message to make it your own.

    Send your email today! 

    Click Here To Go To the Form To Create and Send Your Letters Immediately!

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    Petition to Support EBT Access At All LA Farmers Markets

    178 signatures

    Background: While Los Angeles is home to many farmers markets, low-income people often can’t purchase any of the healthy fruits and vegetables sold at them, because many of those markets don’t accept CalFresh benefits as payment. Many low-income people depend upon CalFresh benefits to help their family get all the food they need. And the food stamp program was, in fact, renamed “CalFresh” to emphasize the intent of the program to purchase more nutritious, fresh food, especially fruits and vegetables.

    Farmers markets can easily obtain EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) machines, and some of LA’s world-famous markets—Hollywood, Santa Monica, Studio City—accept CalFresh, as well as markets in low-income areas. The petition below was created in the belief that all the farmers markets in LA should accept CalFresh. Please sign it so we can show support for equal food access for all people in LA!

    Bring EBT to LA's Farmers Markets!

    I believe that all certified farmers’ markets in the City of Los Angeles should accept CalFresh benefits through an EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) machine. This will help increase access to healthy food, which is what the CalFresh program is intended for, and boost the economy by supporting local farmers and vendors.

    Will you sign?

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    Hunger Action Los Angeles Monthly Meeting June 26


    Friday June 26, 2015

    10:15 am to 12 Noon

    Please Note New Location:

    St. Mary’s Church, 962 S Normandie*

    Los Angeles, CA 90006

    *This is the address for the parking lot/entrance, behind the church. It is at San Marino and Normandie, one block south of Olympic Blvd.

    PARKING IS VERY SCARCE! Please try to carpool or you can take public transpo.

    Call 213 361 2075 for directions

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    Legislature Passes Boost to SSI! Call the Governor Today!

    916 445 2841

    The state legislature yesterday unanimously voted to give a $10 per month benefit increase for individuals on SSI and 4-2 to restore the COLA by the year 2020. We need to urge the Governor to accept this. He's going to respond to this budget rapidly, so please call him TODAY (Wednesday, June 10th) ask him to support SSI.

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    Last Call for Nutrition Incentives!

    Hello friends:

    The proposal to put $2.5 million in the budget for Nutrition Incentives is in its final moments of debate!

    Nutrition incentives funding would involve the state providing $2.5 million that would draw down an additional $2.5 million from the federal government . That’s a total of $5 million that we could use in the state of California to fund programs like Market Match, that create incentives for low income people to be able to afford fresh fruits and vegetables.

    Everybody wins---California’s farmers struggling with the drought: low income people who receive CalFresh, struggling to make ends meet: and our health system, with one more tool to use against diabetes and obesity.

    Please call them today---leave a message if you need to , since of course it’s Sunday. Or---call them Monday but call as early as you can.

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    Ask your CA Senator to Support SSI Recipients

    Call today! Ask your California senator to support a Senate budget that restores the Cost of Living Adjustment for California seniors and people with disabilities who receive SSI/SSP. Calling today is our last chance to show huge support for this long overdue adjustment!


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    News Update May 22nd, 2015

    To All Those Interested in Food and Justice...

    A (usually) weekly update on food issues, promoting access to sufficient, affordable, healthy food ---with a focus on campaigns you can become active in!

    May 22: With the Memorial Day weekend approaching, a quick update with two action items, we hope you can get to them before you run off to have fun! See item 2

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    Special Announcement May 20th, 2015

    Dear Allies:

    Please consider making a donation to our colleagues at Community Services Unlimited Inc. as they move to create a permanent presence in South Los Angeles. Having looked at various options they are delighted to announce that they are in the process of purchasing the Paul Robeson building at 6569 South Vermont Avenue. The 5,000 square foot building and 10,000 square foot lot mean they can open the produce and grocery market South LA needs, create an on-site commercial kitchen and urban farm, and greatly increase their capacity to serve more local residents.

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