What we do

Hunger Action Los Angeles (HALA) works to end hunger and promote healthy eating through advocacy, direct service, and organizing.

Some of our ongoing projects include:

  • ANTI HUNGER EDUCATION AND ORGANIZING
  • CITY FOOD POLICY
  • MARKET MATCH BONUS PROGRAMS
  • CALFRESH OUTREACH
  • POLICY TRAININGS
  • PEOPLES GUIDE TO WELFARE HEALTH AND OTHER SERVICES (publication)
  • HOLLYWOOD HEALTH PARTNERSHIP
  • FOOD JUSTICE NEWS

HALA Projects list.

  • Featured post

    News Update: August 18, 2014

    The next Hunger Action LA meeting is Friday August 29, 10 am to 12 noon, at the Hunger Action LA offices in St. Mary’s Church, 961 S Mariposa (enter at parking lot, 960 S Normandie, @ San Marino.) We’ll continue with next steps in campaign to restore benefits to California’s SSI/SSP program for seniors and people with disabilities.  Please RSVP to frank@hungeractionla.org

     

    1. Seven Thousand New LA Farmers Market Bonus Program Customers in July:
    2. LA Food Policy Council August Network Meeting This Thursday August 21
    3. Champions Against Hunger and Poverty Award Nominations

     

     

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    Hunger Champion Awards

    Hala Dinner and Awards 2014Champions Against Hunger & Poverty Award Nomination Form

     

    Do you know a person or a business that has made outstanding community contributions to reduce hunger and poverty in Los Angeles?  Nominate them as a Champion Against Hunger and Poverty. Hunger Action LA (HALA) is awarding people, organizations, and companies whose work meets with its mission at its annual dinner on Thursday November 13, 2014 at Kavar Banquet Hall in East Hollywood.

     

    Funds raised for this event will go towards the support of training and advocacy for the community on nutrition, food issues and policies; to support the publication of The People’s Guide; and to support bonus food vouchers for low income consumers through the Market Match program, now at 18 Farmers Markets.

     

    Help us to identify unsung heroes who are working tirelessly on behalf of others and celebrate them at the HALA Awards and Dinner Ceremony.  Nominations must be submitted by September 5th to allow nominee selection. Award recipients will receive complimentary dinner at event, award, and special recognition at HALA dinner, website, newsletter, and media advisory for event. 

    For more information contact Frank Tamborello at (213) 388-8228 or visit www.hungeractionla.org/awards

     

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  • Featured event

    L.A. Health Fair

    Join Shop Well LA and LIFT-Los Angeles for a lively festival to discuss the lack of paid sick time and how it affects our community health. Come get a health screening, catch some cumbia, meet community organizations involved in the issue, and learn more about the challenges workers, especially grocery workers face everyday. Please share with your group or organization's members!

    Music! Health Screenings! Zumba and yoga by Ana Maria Delgado! Fun for the kids! UPDATE: We will now have farm fresh produce stands, legal and housing assistance, and food! 

    Contact Shop Well LA Organizer Cesar Castrejon with any questions at 213-977-9400 x.114 or at ccastrejon@laane.org.

    Public transit is highly encouraged! Take bus lines 200, 603, 35/38, or 754. Cross-streets are Hoover/Washington.

    WHEN
    August 30, 2014 at 11am
    WHERE
    LIFT-Los Angeles
    1910 Magnolia Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90007
    United States
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    Market Match

    What Is The Market Match Program?

    In the Market Match program people who receive CalFresh (food stamps), WIC, Social Security, or SSI will receive $10 in vouchers weekly or monthly (while supplies last) at participating farmers’ markets. Vouchers can only be used on fruits, vegetables and some nuts from certified growers. People can join the program by going to the information booth at any of these participating markets:

    List of Participating Markets, April 2014

     

    We all need to eat more fruits and vegetables to be healthier and protect ourselves from diabetes, cancer, and obesity. But It’s hard to buy fresh produce when you don’t have enough money. Market Match provides free coupons to buy fruits and vegetables that make it easier for thousands of Southern Californians to eat healthier, in collaboration with area farmers’ markets.

     

    • You can get Market Match if you receive CalFresh: WIC: SSI: Social Security: or Social Security Disability. You must spend at least $10 of your own CalFresh or your own money to get $10 worth of Market Match vouchers. Vouchers are available only at the market. Not all farmers markets have the Market Match program: see list
    • Market Match is operated with funding from California Dept. of Food and Agriculture:First 5 LA: Archstone Foundation: and by private donations including from Hunger Action LA, Mar Vista Farmers Market, Griffith Park Neighborhood Council and East Hollywood Neighborhood Council (for the East Hollywood Farmers Market.)
    • The Market Match program is not a government program and is subject to changes depending on funding available.

    How Can You Support the Market Match Program?

    • If you can give $10 each month you will be supporting one family’s Market Match vouchers for that month.
    • Your contribution goes straight to the vouchers, as administrative funding is covered by other donors.
    • Donate by PayPal, The Safe and Easy Way! 

    The Program’s Goals: End Hunger: Promote Health: Boost the Economy: Protect the Environment

    • End Hunger and Promote Health: improve low income peoples’ diets by enabling them to purchase healthier food they may not be able to afford.
    • Boost the Economy and Protect the Environment: increase the amount of public benefit money that is earned by local California farmers growing fruits and vegetables, in the interest of promoting small, local agriculture using sustainable methods.

    Results so far: Market Match has stimulated increased spending of public benefits (CalFresh) on healthier food. The Adams/Vermont, East LA, Gardena, Huntington Park and Long Beach Downtown markets reported increased CalFresh spending of 15% to 40% from 2012 to 2013. Over 6,000 Angelenos have been served by the program since 2011.

    Background of the Program and Statement of Need:

    The economy is forcing poor food choices leading to bad health: Nationwide 46 million Americans now use SNAP (the former food stamp program) benefits---about one in seven. With family budgets becoming tighter, however, it’s recognized that Americans’ diets are suffering as people are forced to choose affordable food rather than what is necessarily nutritious. Fruits and vegetables in particular are more expensive than other foods and likely to be passed over in favor of starchier, cheaper, more filling meals that may lack many essential vitamins and that may contribute to obesity. Obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease, all related to poor diet, are chief drivers of higher health care costs. The cost is exacerbated to the state when low income people who must be covered by state and county funding have to seek medical treatment.

    Subsidies and incentives work: Studies show that subsidies encourage people to purchase more fruits and vegetables. Bonus coupons are one approach to getting people to eat healthy. Yale behavioral economist Dean Karlan explains: "So in the case of broccoli you'd want to find out who's not eating broccoli and then pay them to eat it," he says. You don't want to necessarily make broccoli cheaper for those who are already buying plenty of it.” (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=124610428 )

    Nationwide, four foundations---Fair Food Network, Roots of Change, Wholesome Wave, and Market Umbrella are promoting farmers market incentive programs to address the issue of affordability of fresh produce. Wholesome Wave donated $100,000 to the City Heights Farmers’ Market in San Diego, which operated its own bonus program beginning in 2008, and also attracted startup money from San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts . In Michigan, Double Up Food Bucks now operates in 40 farmers’ markets around the state. This program was funded in 2011 by Fair Food Network using $3 million from a nationwide funder plus $1 million in matching grants.

    http://www.farmlandinfo.org/documents/37781/ebt_matching_programs_rachel_winch.pdf

    Benefit to California Economy: The increased use of benefits for locally grown fruits and vegetables brings economic benefit to California farmers rather than sending the money out of state. Many area farmers reside and farm in Los Angeles County itself. The presence of farmers’ markets has also been shown by studies to help the economy of the surrounding area. Finally, the CalFresh program stimulates $9 in economic activity for every $5 in benefits spent.

    Vision for Los Angeles County: The potential for a program like Market Match is enormous and helps address the economic recession and the health crisis caused by poor diet. Market Match is currently operating at 16 Los Angeles County markets, and a relatively small investment of $1 million could spur $1.7 million in area economic activity and combined with other endeavors, provide a concrete way of improving the diet of hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable county residents. There are 120 farmers markets in LA County, of which 40 accept CalFresh benefits. Bringing Market Match to the remaining 24 markets that accept CalFresh would be a wise investment in ending hunger, promoting health, boosting the economy, and protecting the environment.

    In an age of budgets in billions, this is a small amount of money that can go a long way.

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    The Peoples Guide To Welfare Health and Other Services

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    Published since the late 1970s, the Peoples Guide has become the standard guidebook of public social services for people working in the field, people in need of help, and those just helping their neighbors. (View the PDF version via links at the bottom of this page.)

    The long awaited new edition of the Peoples Guide to Welfare Health and Other Services 2013-2014 are available now in English and Spanish.

    This 68 page newsprint booklet gives you all you need to know about applying for :

    • Financial assistance for individuals and families
    • Unemployment benefits
    • Job training
    • Help for people in re-entry
    • Dept. of Rehabilitation
    • Child Care
    • Foster Care
    • Tax Rebates
    • Social Security and SSI
    • CalFresh
    • Child Nutrition and WIC
    • Help with Car Insurance and Smog Check Costs
    • Low Cost Phone Service and Utility Bill Assistance
    • Housing (including assistance for Transitional Foster Youth)
    • Phone Numbers for Legal Assistance

    Ordering

    The basic charge Is $1.25 a copy. Individual orders of up to 2 books are free for low income people.

    Online OrdersThe Peoples Guides to Welfare Health and Other Services can be ordered online using our order form:

    Peoples Guide Order Form

    For Bulk Orders contact: orders@hungeractionla.org 
    Include your name, address, quantity of English and Spanish copies.

    We ask that agencies purchase copies so we can pay for publication, translation, and mailing costs. Discounts of various types are available for large orders. contact orders@hungeractionla.org

    e-Book coming soon!

    View The Peoples Guide Here in PDF Format

    Peoples Guide English PDF

    Peoples Guide Spanish PDF

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  • Donate

    Donations

    Your Tax Deductible Donation is Vital in Supporting The Fight Against Hunger!

    Your donations help fund:

    • Policy Trainings where people can learn about important issues
    • The Peoples Guide to Welfare, Health and Other Services
    • Food Justice News Updates and Alerts
    • General Operations
    • The Market Match Bonus Program
    • Hunger Outreach
    • Hunger Action LA Events

    Donations by Check should made out to Hunger Action Los Angeles and mailed to:

    Hunger Action Los Angeles
    961 S. Mariposa #205
    Los Angeles, CA 90006

    Tax ID# 20-5142259

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  • Latest from the blog

    News Update: August 18, 2014

    The next Hunger Action LA meeting is Friday August 29, 10 am to 12 noon, at the Hunger Action LA offices in St. Mary’s Church, 961 S Mariposa (enter at parking lot, 960 S Normandie, @ San Marino.) We’ll continue with next steps in campaign to restore benefits to California’s SSI/SSP program for seniors and people with disabilities.  Please RSVP to frank@hungeractionla.org

     

    1. Seven Thousand New LA Farmers Market Bonus Program Customers in July:
    2. LA Food Policy Council August Network Meeting This Thursday August 21
    3. Champions Against Hunger and Poverty Award Nominations

     

     

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  • Upcoming events

    Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 11:00 AM
    LIFT-Los Angeles in Los Angeles, CA

    L.A. Health Fair

    Join Shop Well LA and LIFT-Los Angeles for a lively festival to discuss the lack of paid sick time and how it affects our community health. Come get a health screening, catch some cumbia, meet community organizations involved in the issue, and learn more about the challenges workers, especially grocery workers face everyday. Please share with your group or organization's members!

    Music! Health Screenings! Zumba and yoga by Ana Maria Delgado! Fun for the kids! UPDATE: We will now have farm fresh produce stands, legal and housing assistance, and food! 

    Contact Shop Well LA Organizer Cesar Castrejon with any questions at 213-977-9400 x.114 or at ccastrejon@laane.org.

    Public transit is highly encouraged! Take bus lines 200, 603, 35/38, or 754. Cross-streets are Hoover/Washington.

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