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Frank Tamborello, Director for Hunger Action Los Angeles, describes the importance of educating consumers with food policy issues in order to improve the system.
As that uniquely American food fest known as Thanksgiving approaches, anti hunger advocates in LA ask you to join us in protecting the right to share food in public with the less fortunate, and fighting to protect our nation’s number one line of defense against hunger---the SNAP (food stamp) program, while looking at the larger issues (minimum wage) that contribute to hunger.
Monthly Meeting This Friday : Join us on Friday Nov 22 for mour monthly meeting , held from 10 am to noon at a new location, 2533 W 3rd St LA 90057 (in suite 101), admission and parking are free. More info and rsvp: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hunger Action LA is having its fundraising dinner tonight but we get right back to work next week with our monthly meeting on Friday Nov 22
The food stamp cut nationally this Friday---technically a retraction of a temporary increase from 2009, but otherwise looking, sounding and feeling like a cut---comes at a time when income inequality is still far too high in the U.S.…
Washington Prop Could Stir Debate on GMOs: Washington state’s Prop 522 , to label foods containing genetically modified organisms, was soundly defeated after an infusion of cash by proponents of GMOs including Monsanto. This is very bizarre considering …
A motion regarding the legalization of street food and merchandise vending was introduced yesterday in LA City Council. This comes after nearly 2 years of …
The issue with GMOs is that we don’t know what we’re eating. However, there are several ingredients in food that we KNOW we are eating, and that are deadly for us.
ON Wednesday Oct 23 the City of Los Angeles will be recognizing Good Food Day and indeed there is much to celebrate. Los Angeles continues makes strides in expanding community gardens and urban agriculture. Our farmers markets, celebrity chefs and colorful food trucks are all part of a vibrant food community supporting healthful, creatively made food. But ironically even as this worthwhile celebration is going on, the city is on the path to creating restrictions for certain groups of low income people from having access to any food at all… continue reading
From La Opinión:
Peligra dar comida gratis en la calle a necesitados de LA - Concejal busca eliminar la repartición gratuita de alimentos en la calle a los necesitados angelinos
Translation: It's dangerous, giving free food to the needy streets of LA - Councilman seeks to eliminate the free distribution of street food to needy Angelenos … read article at LaOpinion.com
Originally Published: 10.31.2013 : La Opinión
Federal Level: The most important anti-hunger issues are actually income support issues---Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid (“Medi-Cal” here in California.) While not concerned directly with food, these programs provide income, or provide money-saving health care, allowing people to put more in their food budget. If you haven’t been living in a cave far from the reach of electronic media (lucky you), then you are aware that much hype is being generated about these programs “going broke” and vast cuts being necessary to “protect” them.
Directly on the food front, the nation’s largest anti hunger program is SNAP, now serving about 46 million Americans. California ranks last in enrolling potentially eligible participants. Pressure is on Congress to make budget cuts, and SNAP is now an $80 billion program. At various points throughout the year cuts to this vital program may be proposed as part of the general federal budget or part of the Farm Bill (which as its name implies also funds subsidy programs to agriculture.)
On the state level, the largest issue again is the budget and its income support and health related programs. Thanks to Proposition 30 enough new revenue is predicted to actually give California a surplus for the first time in recent memory. Advocates are hoping to restore funding that’s been lost from nearly annual cuts to CalWORKs (cash aid to families with children), In Home Supportive Services, and dental care for seniors getting Medi-Cal. The governor so far has insisted that although there won’t be any cuts, there won’t be any restorations either. (if you heard his “State of the State” speech on Thursday, you know he intends to toe a tight line on the budget.)
Two state legislative proposals related to CalFresh (California’s SNAP program) that did not succeed last year, will be back in probably slightly altered form. Both proposals would expand the number of people receiving CalFresh benefits and thereby bring more federal dollars into California’s ailing economy, while helping some of the 4 million estimated people not getting enough to eat in our state.
One is a revival of a bill to remove the lifetime ban on people with certain drug felonies from getting the benefits. The other bill will align CalFresh with MediCal, allowing low income people who get health insurance to also qualify for some food assistance.
Another bill of interest is described later in this update, the Homeless Bill of Rights . Assemblyman Tom Ammiano has proposed Assembly Bill 5, better known as the “Homeless Bill of Rights” to give legal protection to homeless people who engage in life-sustaining activities on public property. It’s based on a similar law that passed recently in Rhode Island. Various California cities have passed laws intended to sweep homeless people off the street or force them to move away from downtown areas that are being “gentrified.” Both Los Angeles and San Francisco have laws criminalizing behavior one is forced to engage in if homeless. Ammiano’s proposed bill would decriminalize behavior such as sleeping in public places, congregating, urinating, and panhandling.
It would also legalize feeding people in public places, an activity which City Councilmember and mayoral candidate Jan Perry attempted to criminalize in downtown Los Angeles.
On the city level, urban agriculture advocates will continue to work for policy changes allowing people to grow food on parkways and other areas, and very soon we will also hear on proposals to legalize and regulate street vending, a major source of income for families in many parts of the city, but technically illegal now.
ON Thursday June 11, the House of Representatives passed its version of the Farm Bill along strictly party lines. But it was more than just a regular Farm Bill---because it was less than a regular Farm Bill.
They took out the entire $80 billion section about SNAP (more commonly called Food Stamps)… continue reading
Honoring Champions Against Hunger and Poverty November 14th, 2013 6:00 p.m. - Reception 6:00 p.m. - Dinner and Program 7:00 p.m. Location: Kavar 4777 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029 map Cause: More than 1.4 million people suffer from food insecurity in Los Angeles County. Nearly 2 million of people living in Los Angeles are below poverty line. Hunger Action LA (HALA)’s mission is to work to end hunger and promote healthy eating through community education, outreach, networking, and empowerment of low income people to speak on issues that affect their lives directly. more info
Hunger Action LA is continuing two of its major projects in 2013, and hopefully expanding them. One is the Market Match program, providing bonus coupons to low income consumers at 13 farmers markets in LA County.
To find out more and see a list of the markets visit:
The Peoples Guide: The second is the Peoples Guide to Welfare Health and Other Services, the 68 page newsprint booklet summarizing many key programs including job training, CalWORKs, CalFresh, MediCal, other low cost health insurance, housing rights, and more. The 2013 updated version is now available at www.hungeractionla.org/peoplesguide
To find out more about these and other anti-hunger issues, contact: email@example.com