News Apr 4, 2019

Food Justice Updates

  1. Trump Administration Wants to Make It Harder for Adults Without Kids To Get Help Buying Food: Still Time to Comment from Monday April 8 Through Wednesday April 10
  2. Help Blind and Low Vision Shoppers Enjoy the Farmers Market: Sunday April 14 Mar Vista Farmers Market
  3. Anti Hunger Advocacy Training Thursday April 25 3 PM-4:30 PM at St. Mary’s Church, Koreatown

Trump Administration Wants to Make It Harder for Adults Without Kids To Get Help Buying Food: Still Time to Comment from Monday April 8 Through Wednesday April 10

The Trump administration is planning on tightening the rules for able bodied adults age 18 to 50 with no kids, when it comes to getting SNAP (food stamps.) On Wednesday morning Congress held a hearing on it and it’s worth watching or listening to in the background. Click here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYAttf9k98Y

WHAT IS THE RULE

Under the rule that currently exists, people age 18 to 50 with no disabilities and no dependent kids must be working 20 hours a week or their SNAP benefits will be cut off for 3 years. However, many states have waived the rules over the last 10 years for high unemployment.

WHAT IS THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PROPOSING

They are proposing to make it much more difficult for states to get those waivers

WHY IS THIS PROPOSAL BAD?

The proposed rule changes do not take into consideration why states need the waiver in the first place. Here are some reasons:

  • Under-reported unemployment figures
  • Mismatch between available jobs and the skills of people looking for work
  • Many people face barriers in getting jobs including those with low education /training or literacy issues (most jobs today involve some degree of technical training): people coming out of prison: former foster youth: those facing discrimination including the LGBTQ community; and veterans
  • The fact that many jobs now change schedule frequently, so you cannot always be sure of getting in 20 hours per week
  • People coming out of jail have hard time getting a job
  • Many people have disability but it is not professionally diagnosed

While we all want people to get jobs, it’s hard for hungry people to work and cutting them off after 3 months (and who decided that 3 months is enough time?) is unfair. Searching for a job is itself a job. And the whole point of SNAP is to help people when times are tough. The Trump proposal could result in 755,000 people losing food aid. Grocers and others in the food economy would be hurt as well.

WHAT WE NEED TO DO

We have the right to comment on the proposal and tell the White House why it’s a bad one. Thousands of people submitted comments by the original April 2 deadline. However, there were computer glitches that kept many people from submitting. There is now a period from Monday April 8 through Wednesday April 10 to submit comments if you didn’t get a chance the first time.

For instructions and a sample of comments go to:
www.frac.org/timelimitcomments

*It is ESPECIALLY important to submit comments if you are someone who would be hurt by this proposed rule! If you know or someone you know works part time hours, changing shifts, or has had trouble finding work even in this supposedly strong economy, this is a chance to get the truth out to those in power.

 

Thank you for standing up for hungry Americans.


Help Blind and Low Vision Shoppers Enjoy the Farmers Market: Sunday April 14 Mar Vista Farmers Market

Date: Sunday April 14 @ Mar Vista Farmers Market
Time: 9:30 am
Location: 3826 Grand View Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066
(Parking easiest on nearby neighborhood streets)
Venice and Grand View intersection
RSVP: Please RSVP frank@hungeractionla.org

What we'll be doing

  1. Guiding blind or low vision shoppers around the market. Need outgoing people who love to converse! Also people who are patient and can describe to the shoppers the foods they’re encountering
  2. We anticipate staying from 9:30 am until probably 1 pm: You may have shoppers who wish to go for longer than that. Let me know how long you’d be available
  3. WE also need drivers. You can be both a guide and a driver if you like. The drivers are there to take the shoppers home from the market. They do not need to bring them TO the market. Most of the shoppers will take ACCESS. However, it’s hard to go home by ACCESS since you need to give precise time and pick up point or risk being abandoned.

Since we want this to be a relaxing day for the shoppers, we have volunteers to drive them home. If you volunteer to drive we will be finding out the addresses of all the shoppers in advance and then alert all the volunteers to those potential addresses, BEFORE the day of the market (though it is often by email at night.) If you volunteer to drive you would then just let us know who lives in a convenient route home for you. Most of the shoppers will not live too far from the Crenshaw area but a few are further out such as the Valley, West LA, and one person will have to be taken to Union Station to go back to Riverside.

Here are some reminders to ensure that you are prepared for the day

  • Bring a signed copy of the liability waiver (You can also sign one at the market)
  • Volunteer guides will need to provide their own transportation

Anti Hunger Advocacy Training Thursday April 25 3 PM-4:30 PM at St. Mary’s Church, Koreatown

Anti Hunger Advocacy Training Thursday April 25
3 PM-4:30 PM at St. Mary’s Church, Koreatown

Join us for a free training to:

  • Learn about the changes in national policy affecting the programs that provide food to the hungry in the U.S.
  • Become part of the state campaign for California to help increase resources for its elderly, disabled and blind population
  • Learn about state bills to help all school kids get healthier meals
  • Learn about housing bills that will enable people to keep more of their resources for food
  • Learn how to follow legislation, set up meetings and speak to your elected officials about hunger
  • Meet a lot of really cool people!

Date: Thursday April 25th
Time: 3 pm to 4:30 pm
Location: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 961 S Mariposa Ave LA CA 90006.
Entrance in back parking lot at 960 S. Normandie
PLEASE NOTE: Reserve early as parking is limited!
RSVP: Email info@hungeractionla.org or leave message at: 213 388 8228

Light refreshments provided


Support Hunger Action LA!

Easy online donation www.hungeractionla.org/donate

Your contribution

  • helps 2,000 seniors/people with disabilities weekly to access the food they need for a healthy diet
  • fuels trainings for agencies and community volunteers to help 100,000 SSI recipients access CalFresh
  • publishes the Peoples Guide to Welfare Health and Other Services
  • send 50 low income advocates to fight for state anti-hunger policy
  • and even more…

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