News Feb 25, 2019

February 25, 2019

  1. SSI and CalFresh: A Giant Step to End Hunger for Seniors and People with Disabilities : Training Thursday March 28
  2. Tell the Trump Administration It’s Unacceptable to Take Food Away from Struggling Workers and Families: Due April 2
  3. Hunger Action LA Co-Sponsoring Two New Farmers Markets: Support and Have Fun!
  4. Help Blind and Low Vision Shoppers Enjoy Crenshaw Farmers Market: Saturday March 23
  5. Why Californians Need Food Assistance

SSI and CalFresh: A Giant Step to End Hunger for Seniors and People with Disabilities : Training Thursday March 28

Photo of Senior Meeting

Who Should Attend? Groups and individuals working with seniors, people with disabilities; Agencies that distribute food; Media

Time: 9:45 am to 12 Noon
Location: St. Mary’s Church: Park & Enter at 960 S Normandie Ave LA CA 90006
*Limited parking on site: Indicate if you need parking when you RSVP

On June 1, the largest number of people ever will become newly eligible for CalFresh (Food Stamps) in California—-SSI recipients, who are blind, disabled, or seniors. This will enable hundreds of thousands of very low income people to have more money to buy groceries!

Learn how the community made this change come about, and how you can help SSI recipients begin to get food assistance from CalFresh beginning in June 2019:

  • outreach
  • assistance with applications
  • collaborating with community groups

Free! RSVP TO info@hungeractionla.org or (213) 388-8228

Sponsored by: Hunger Action LA, California Food Policy Advocates, other sponsors pending


Tell the Trump Administration It’s Unacceptable to Take Food Away from Struggling Workers and Families: Due April 2

(Thanks to Food Research and Action Center, Feeding America, and the Center for American Progress for this alert)

Food assistance is at risk–again. The Trump administration wants to make the work requirements for SNAP (food stamps) much tougher so that they can cut more people from the program.

Federal law already requires that states limit SNAP eligibility to just three months out of every three years for unemployed and underemployed adults without dependent children unless they can document 20 hours of work a week

Now the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has proposed to make those time limits even harsher. USDA’s proposed rule would undercut states’ ability to waive these harsh time limits in many areas where there are too few jobs. By USDA’s own estimates its proposal would eliminate SNAP benefits for an additional 755,000 adults and cut SNAP benefits on a ten year basis by $15 billion.

We need your help! We need to generate lots of comments making clear that these cuts would vastly increase food insecurity in America.

Comments must be submitted by Tuesday, April 2nd at 11:59PM—Here’s how to take action:

  • Sign your comment on at this site: https://handsoffsnap.org/
    (Thanks to The Center for American Progress)
  • Make sure to personalize your comment—don’t just use the example that is there
  • The administration must respond to every comment, and every point made in the comment. Make a lot of points as to why it’s bad to make people go hungry if they can only find part time work (under the required 20 hours), or if they can’t find jobs in areas of high unemployment, or any other reason that comes from your own experience
  • Encourage others to submit comments
  • You can submit comments on your own behalf and also on the behalf of an organization

Hunger Action LA Co-Sponsoring Two New Farmers Markets: Support and Have Fun!

Hunger Action LA is affiliated with two new farmers markets in LA County: the Dominguez Hills Farmers Market on the campus of Cal State Dominguez Hills, and Friday Night Paramount near Paramount City Hall. Come and get great food at these markets and know that you’ll also be helping support Hunger Action LA! Here are the details:

Dominguez Hills Farmers Market
Campus of Cal State Dominguez Hills
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, CA 90747 At the sculpture garden
Tuesday 9 am to 1 pm

Graphic: Friday Night Market at Paramount: Free Entry

Friday Night Paramount
First Friday of each month
16400 Colorado Avenue Paramount, CA 90723
5 pm to 9 pm
Paramount City Hall
https://www.facebook.com/FridayNightParamount/ Local food, live music under the lights of a Friday night—kicking off the weekend!

Friday Night Paramount is a new, monthly night market in Downtown Paramount, California – running from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EVERY first Friday of EVERY month.

Located on Jackson Street off Paramount Boulevard, between the City of Paramount Library & City Hall. FREE entry, FREE Parking (south of the market in the Civic Center Parking Lot), & plenty of FREE food samples to try for a fun, affordable Friday night.

2019 Market Dates Include:
March 1st / April 5th / May 3rd / June 7th / July 5th / August 2nd / September 6th / October 4th / November 1st / & December 6th


Help Blind and Low Vision Shoppers Enjoy Crenshaw Farmers Market: Saturday March 23

Photo: Blind and Low-Vision Marketeers and Volunteers

Saturday March 23 @ Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Farmers Market

PLEASE RSVP TO info@hungeractionla.org
NO OTHER REGISTRATION NEEDED!

Saturday March 23: Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Farmers Market
3650 West MLK BLvd LA CA 90008

Look for the Promenade of the Rave Cinemas at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.
https://seela.org/markets-crenshaw/

What we’ll be doing:

  • 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
  • We anticipate staying from 9:30 am until probably 1 pm: You may have shoppers who wish to go for longer than that. Let us know how long you’d be available
  • 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.

    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 marketIf 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 sometimes shoppers will have to be taken to Union Station to go to further destinations.

PLEASE RSVP TO info@hungeractionla.org

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

Our itinerary for BLV Market Days is outlined below:

  • 9:30 AM Arrival at the farmers market (Crenshaw on March 23)
  • 10:15 AM Breakfast/Orientation---this is where volunteers will match up with shoppers
  • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Shopping/Eating
  • 12:30 PM - 1 PM Take shoppers home
    (Unless some make particular arrangements to stay later with the volunteer)

If you have any questions or need directions on the day of the event, please call Frank Tamborello, the Director of Hunger Action LA at (213) 361-2075.

PLEASE RSVP TO info@hungeractionla.org


Why Californians Need Food Assistance

From Code for America comes “The stories behind the numbers” of Californians needing help to get food. Code for America developed the app getcalfresh.org which is a new, fast way to apply for CalFresh benefits. They’re collaborating with the State of California and with Department of Public Social Services locally to hone their app in anticipation of the large number of SSI recipients applying this coming June. You can test-drive the app yourself at http://demo.getcalfresh.org

“Californians who receive food assistance come from all backgrounds, but many share a similar story: they were barely getting by financially when they were tipped into crisis by an unexpected expense or loss of income. This site shares their stories”:

https://snapstories.codeforamerica.org/



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