News Update May 29th 2018

May 29, 2018

  1. 1. Contact The Governor to Help Seniors and Disabled Get Food Assistance in California
  2. 2. Farm Bill Party With A Purpose May 31—Help Hunger Action LA!
  3. 3. Public Charge Forum Clarifies Immigrant Access to Benefits
  4. 4. Volunteers Needed! Blind & Low Vision Day Out at Crenshaw Farmers Market, Saturday June 9
  5. 5. LA CAN: Job Opening for Fresh Food Access Program
  6. 6. LA Homeless Services Authority Holds Listening Sessions on Black Homelessness: June 7 and June 14
  7. 7. State Officials Want To Limit Grassroots Food Groups : Call Senators Now to Oppose



1. Contact The Governor to Help Seniors and Disabled Get Food Assistance in California

http://bit.ly/SSICashOut

 

In California, SSI/SSP recipients (low-income seniors and people living with disabilities) are ineligible to receive food benefits through SNAP (known as CalFresh in California) because of a policy known as "cash out".  The California legislature is currently considering ending "cash out" so that SSI recipients can receive food benefits through SNAP.  Estimates are that ending "cash out" could help single adult SSI households by qualifying them for $140 - $171 per month in SNAP food benefits.  This would provide significant support to SSI recipients who currently struggle on 910.72 per month.

http://bit.ly/SSICashOut

 

Single SSI individuals would benefit the most. Yet, ending cash-out would also reduce or eliminate SNAP benefits for 140,000 family households that include an SSI recipient, because SSI will be considered when determining the entire household’s SNAP benefit.  California can end "cash out" without harming any SSI households through a state supplement for those families, and we need your help to ask the Governor and California legislative leadership to do just that.

http://bit.ly/SSICashOut

 

Through this year's state budget, California should also reverse the Great Recession-era cuts to the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) and SSP grants that have trapped so many on the program in poverty. Fill out the form at the link below to email Governor Brown and California legislative leaders and ask them to include in the state budget an end to SSI "cash out" with a full hold harmless policy, and to reverse the cuts to SSP grants and the COLA. 

http://bit.ly/SSICashOut

 


2. Farm Bill Party With A Purpose May 31st—Help Hunger Action LA!

(Many thanks to our friends at the LA Food Policy Council)

Come learn how the Farm Bill shapes food in Los Angeles and how Angelenos can take action for good food for all. Los Angeles Food Policy Council welcomes you to party with a purpose at Greenbar Distillery in the Arts District of Downtown LA. You will enjoy a specially crafted farm to table craft cocktail, enjoy local eats by chef Minh Phan and X'Tiousu,  connect with food advocates, and raise funds for Hunger Action LA!

We also have some autographed prints by famous LA artist/cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz for silent auction.


Auction Item by Lalo Alcaraz ESTAR WARS Signed Print
Visit: https://lalo-alcaraz-art-shop.myshopify.com


Tickets:
Ticket prices vary. All are welcome.
https://farmbillmixer.eventbrite.com

When: Thursday, May 31, 2018, 6:30 - 9 pm

Where: Greenbar Distillery 2459 East 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

 

Food and all-inclusive tickets include:

Delicious eats by Chef Minh Phan and the brothers from X’Tiousu who are teaming up to provide global fusion cuisine with ingredients sourced from local farmers of color.



Minh Phan is the chef-owner of porridge + puffs. Her new brick + mortar is coming to Hi-Fi (Historic Fillipinotown) early this summer.



X’Tiousu is an Oaxacan-Middle Eastern Restaurant operated and owned by the Santiago brothers, Felipe and Ignacio, in Boyle Heights.

 


3. Public Charge Forum Explained Current Immigrant Rights to Benefits

Hunger Action LA was part of the collaboration with LA County DPSS and Public Health Foundation Enterprises WIC program in a public forum on the issue of Public Charge. Public Charge is the principle that immigrants seeking to upgrade their immigration status can be rejected on the grounds that they needed and used various types of public benefits. Rumors and leaks from the Trump administration have led to much confusion about what Public Charge standards are currently valid, and many immigrants who need help for their families are afraid to apply. The Public Charge forum provided clear information and advice on obtaining updates from trusted sources, for immigrants needing benefits. Telemundo covered the event May 9th, at the Adams Vermont Farmers Market:
 

https://www.telemundo52.com/noticias/noticias-de-california/Comunidad-inmigrante-teme-solicitar-programas-de-ayuda-482237301.html

 

Get the word out in the community that for now: 
Nothing has changed and Please stay updated by checking in with trusted sources.


Here are some fact sheets that are very helpful:

Public Charge Fact Sheet (Asian Americans Advancing Justice);
https://advancingjustice-la.org/sites/default/files/Public-Charge-Fact-Sheet-English-National.pdf

Other fact sheets on immigration issues:
https://advancingjustice-la.org/know-your-rights-resources/kyr-immigration#iqiuwy

 


4. Volunteers Needed! Blind & Low Vision Day Out at Crenshaw Farmers Market, Saturday, June 9th

HALA is looking for volunteers for the 5th Blind/Low Vision Shoppers day at Farmers Markets. The first four have been wildly successful. The site this time is the Crenshaw Baldwin Hills Farmers Market

Meet-up 10 am @ Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Farmers Market, 3650 Martin Luther King Blvd. LA CA 90008

Meet at the Promenade of the Rave Cinemas at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.

We need both outgoing folks who would patiently lead blind and low vision shoppers past the various vendors at the farmers market and keep up engaging conversation: and we need volunteer drivers to take the shoppers home to various locations at the end of the day. More information available as we recruit both shoppers and volunteers!

Location: Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Farmers Market, 3650 Martin Luther King Blvd. LA CA 90008

Date: Saturday, June 9th at 10 am

To register or get more information: info@hungeractionla.org Please provide your name, phone number, and physical address. Indicate if you would like to guide, drive shoppers or both. You will be asked to sign a waiver. If you’re driving, we’ll match you up with your take home rides before the day of the market. Shoppers will arrive on their own. That’s it! Hope you can make it!

 


5. LA CAN: Job Opening for Fresh Food Access Program


Job Title: Pop Up Market Retail Associate

Reports To: Executive Director and Market Coordinator

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt Part-Time (20 hours/week)

SUMMARY OF POSITION
The Pop-Up Produce Market is a program which provides direct access to fresh fruits and vegetables to low-income and under-represented populations with limited access to safe quality and affordable fresh fruits and vegetables. The Pop-Up Market Retail Associate is responsible for supporting the weekly market in Downtown LA through outreach, set up, staffing, and breakdown. The associate will work closely with the Market Coordinator and other LA CAN members who work collectively to ensure a successful market.

LOCAL, LOW-INCOME HIRING PREFERENCE
Local, low-income residents will receive early notification and a preferential hiring period for this position.

HOW TO APPLY
Please send a cover letter and resume to steved@cangress.org


6. LA Homeless Services Authority Holds Listening Sessions on Black Homelessness: June 7th and June 14th

From LA Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA): 40% of people experiencing homelessness in LA County are Black, although Black people make up only 9% of the county’s total population. LAHSA’s Ad Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness is conducting listening sessions throughout LA County to understand the barriers Black people may face when trying to exit homelessness.

 

Listening Sessions on Exiting Homelessness:

Two sessions have been held. The remaining sessions:

  • Thursday, June 7th, 3 to 5 pm, Broadway Manchester Service Center, 8525 S. Broadway LA
  • Thursday, June 14th, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Holman United Methodist Church, White Hall 3320 W Adams Blvd., LA

More information www.lahsa.org

 


7. State Officials Want To Limit Grassroots Food Groups: Call Senators Now to Oppose

Please call Southern California Senate Health Committee members Dr. Ed Hernandez (916) 651 4022 and Senator Holly Mitchell (916) 651 4030 and ask them to NOT pass AB 2178  if it contains amendments that would limit charitable feeding operations to feeding pre-packaged food, to operate a limited number of times per month, or to register with the local Health Department. Let them know it is coming to the Health Committee soon.

Assembly Bill 2178 (Limon) appears at first to be a common sense bill about food safety, allowing the Health Dept. to shut down feeding operations if there’s an outbreak of foodborne illness. The bill indeed already passed the Assembly and is headed to the Senate.

But a closer examination reveals the bill seems to be targeting the various grassroots charitable feeding operations in the community, such as Food Not Bombs and Break the Ban, who called national attention when they were arrested for feeding the homeless in El Cajon. 

Amongst the actions not currently required by the state, for example, is one that would force these groups, who often operate spontaneously based on available food supplies and volunteers, to register with the local Health Department. 

Amendments recently offered to the bill actually make it worse, by requiring charitable food groups to operate only 4 times per month and to only serve packaged foods. 
This would end the ability of Californians, seeking to reduce people’s reliance on government programs and seeking to help those with no ability to cook and store food, in the midst of the worst homeless crisis ever, to help their fellow Californians in need.

Please call Southern California Senate Health Committee members Dr. Ed Hernandez (916) 651 4022 and Senator Holly Mitchell (916) 651 4030 and ask them to NOT pass AB 2178  if it contains amendments that would limit charitable feeding operations to feeding pre-packaged food, to operate a limited number of times per month, or to register with the local Health Department. Let them know it is coming to the Health Committee soon.

 



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