News Update Feb 20th, 2018

February 20, 2018:

Ongoing Actions

Send Emails to Get Sponsors for HR 1276---Closing the Meal Gap

*Thanks to your advocacy and that of many others around the state, AB 3200 has been introduced to restore the SSI grant to poverty level!
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB3200

 

1. Disaster CalFresh for Families Affected by Recent Wildfires

When to apply:  In Los Angeles County individuals and families affected by the wildfires who are seeking food assistance may apply for Disaster CalFresh from Monday, February 12 through Wednesday, February 21 by visiting a social service agency in Los Angeles County. You can find additional application sites and more information online at http://www.cdss.ca.gov/Disaster-Help-Center .

Where and how to apply: Wildfire victims may apply for CalFresh disaster food assistance in-person at local social service agency offices throughout Los Angeles and San Diego. Households unable to apply in person may designate an authorized representative to apply on their behalf and should contact their local social services agency directly for more information on this option . Los Angeles County Service Center: 866-613-3777 : San Diego County Service Center: 866-262-9881


2. Volunteer Opportunities and Upcoming Events

HALA Conference Call Feb. 23:

 Please RSVP . Hunger Action LA’s February conference call will be Friday February 23 from 10 am until 11 am. Please RSVP to info@hungeractionla.org Topics will include the Trump administration proposal to replace part of the SNAP program with food boxes, and the movement to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Act---thereby allowing communities to re-establish rent control (an important issue for hunger, as high housing costs are the principal cause of food insecurity in Los Angeles.) RSVP to info@hungeractionla.org to receive log-in info for the call


Blind Low Vision Farmers Market Day March 4:

CivicSpark and Hunger Action LA are excited to announce our next event in bringing healthy food to the visually impaired:

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Wellington Square Farmers' Market
9:30am - 11:00am

Mar Vista Farmers' Market
11:00am - 1:45pm

To those of you who came out to our last event, a HUGE thank you! We could not have made this event successful without you. We received lots of warm smiles and positive feedback from our shoppers. To those of you just joining us, welcome!

If you are interested in joining us for our upcoming event, please respond to: info@hungeractionla.org  to confirm your attendance.  A confirmation email with a detailed itinerary will follow.

 

HALA at UCLA March 8:

Join the Public Health Nutrition Club for a presentation by Frank Tamborello, the Executive Director for Hunger Action Los Angeles. Learn how Hunger Action LA is working to end hunger and promoting healthy eating through advocacy, direct service, and organizing. Come join us for a presentation on community education and issues awareness on anti-hunger policy topics!

Thu, March 8, 2018
12:00pm – 1:00pm PST
UCLA School of Public Health
CHS Room 61-269
650 Charles E Young Drive South
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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Refreshments will be served

RSVP for HALA at UCLA

 

FarmLA Volunteer Day Feb. 24:

FarmLA Feb 24 Volunteer Day Info

 (From FarmLA, a great group promoting urban ag in LA): Hello all! We're so excited to announce the next volunteer day at our (work in progress) farm :)!

Below is a list of what phase 2 will entail:

  • building raised beds
  • removing soil from raised beds
  • turning mulch into raised beds
  • laying out keyhole gardens
  • finish putting up the fence
  • prepping the propagation area
  • finite weed removal from phase 1

Saturday 2/24/18
10:00am - 2:00pm
Elysian valley 90039 (address upon rsvp)
Healthy yummy snacks & beverages will be provided!!

If any of this sounds like fun to you, please rsvp to help@farmla.org  :)!

Xoxo farm la

Source:: https://us10.campaign-archive.com/?u=7bcba5c5221e962bc82ddc4e4&id=dc02e5e151

 

International Women's Day March 8:

Hunger Action LA is proud to be part of a coalition of grassroots organizations supporting and planning the International Women's Strike on Thursday, March 8 from 4-7pm at the Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles.

The International Women's Strike US joins women in 51 countries around the world in calling us to unite around the following common principles:

  • An end to gender violence
  • Reproductive justice for all
  • Labor rights
  • Full social provisioning
  • An anti-racist & anti-imperialist feminism
  • Environmental justice for all

Please RSVP on their Facebook event page, and share widely on social media!

#M8 #8M #M8IWS #M8LA #WeStrike #WeToo

Intl Womens Day Facebook Page

 

Downtown Women’s Action Center Presents Vagina Monologues, Feb 23-25:

Vagina Monologues Tickets

A night of powerful female voices take center stage as the Downtown Womens Action Center presents the award-winning play "Vagina Monologues." Proceeds will provide support to homeless women and children living downtown in Skid Row. Opening night tickets for the February 23rd performance are $45 (admission and dinner); Saturday and Sunday performances are only $35. The event will be held at the Los Angeles Community Action Center, 838 East 6th Street, Los Angeles. Contact Trudy for ticket information, 213-228-0024.

Vagina Monologues Tickets


3. Trump’s Food Box Idea Ain’t Blue Apron

While Trump’s budget director Mick Mulvaney likes to compare his boss’s food-box proposal to Blue Apron, one of the founding investors of that very same company says nope:

 

Sac Bee Editorial: Food Box Idea for Poor is Very Bad Idea


4. Congress Trying to End Consumer &Environmental Protections

US Congressmen Steve King and James Sensenbrenner want to eliminate laws protecting consumers, animals, and the environment. Steve King's Protect Interstate Commerce Act (H.R. 3599/H.R. 4879) and James Sensenbrenner's No Regulation Without Representation Act (H.R. 2887), dubbed as the "States' Rights Elimination Act," would take great power away from state and local governments, a dangerous overreach of the federal government.

 

Congress Trying to Reverse Progress on Animal Rights


5. Is Mickey D’s Banishing Chocolate Milk from Happy Meals?

The Guardian reports that “McDonald’s will soon banish cheeseburgers and chocolate milk from its Happy Meal menu in an effort to cut down on the calories, sodium, saturated fat and sugar that kids consume at its restaurants. Diners can still ask specifically for cheeseburgers or chocolate milk with the child’s meal, but McDonald’s said that not listing them will reduce how often they’re ordered. Since it removed soda from the Happy Meal menu four years ago, orders for it with Happy Meals have fallen 14%, the company said.”

 

McDonalds Reforming Happy Meals



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