LA Produces

Bringing the voice of the people who are directly affected to the conversation about hunger and nutrition





What is LA Produces?

LA Produces is a coalition including Hunger Action LA, SEE-LA, The American Heart Association, the California Association of Boys and Girls Clubs, United Parents and Students, the L.A. Food Policy Council,  the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College, and thousands of supporters from the community who recognize the one of the best ways to get more healthy food to low income families is through programs called SNAP Incentives. And we're letting our county, state and federal officials know about these programs, and calling for more investment into them!

What are SNAP Incentive Programs?

SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Here in California, it's called CalFresh. It provides monthly benefits for food purchases onto a plastic debit card for people who recieve it. There are nearly two million CalFresh participants in California, and recent changes allow more seniors and people with disabilities to apply. But CalFresh is still not enough to afford the foods we know we need more of to be healthy---that's fresh fruits and vegetables.

SNAP Incentive programs provide participants with an additional benefit when they purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, so that they can afford more of them and have healthier diets. The most well known SNAP Incentives program is Market Match. Market Match is provided at nearly 300 farmers markets around California, including 30 or so operated by Hunger Action LA and SEE-LA. 

One advantage of Market Match is that it not only helps people afford fresh fruits and vegetables, but helps our local farmers to thrive. That's something to think about considering the current supply-chain issues affecting food that's imported into our state from other states or from overseas.

How has the County of Los Angeles responded?

Los Angeles County approved $2 million for SNAP incentive programs for 2022, coming from the American Rescue Plan funding from the federal government. We look forward to a campaign to make these vital benefits a permanent line item in the county budget.

How can I get involved?

Send your info to [email protected] and let us know you want to be part of the campaign!

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  • Frank Tamborello
    published this page 2021-11-16 10:17:02 -0800

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