Governor’s Budget Would Begin to Open Cal Fresh to the Undocumented 55+
Advocates for the Food for All campaign are praising Gov. Gavin Newsom's new budget proposal, which would begin the process of expanding the Cal Fresh program to include people 55 and older, regardless of their immigration status.
Karen Giron, a Cal Fresh specialist with Hunger Action Los Angeles, said in the past it has been heartbreaking to turn away people seeking food assistance simply because they were undocumented.
LA County Is Being Sued For Delaying Food Assistance To Low-Income Families
The lawsuit, filed Monday by the Los Angeles Community Action Network and Hunger Action Los Angeles along with an applicant who faced long delays, claims that throughout the pandemic, the county’s failure to comply with state law has put thousands of households in danger of going hungry each month.
Celebrating Progress in the Fight Against Hunger in CA
Frank Tamborello, director of Hunger Action Los Angeles, noted Los Angeles County has recently stepped up to the plate in a big way.
"We had a victory with the County Board of Supervisors, who have agreed to provide $2 million to help support the Market Match program, and other programs like it, that provide bonus dollars to people using CalFresh food assistance," Tamborello explained.
'Feeding the 5000' food festival served thousands lunch at Pershing Square
January 7th, 2016
LA Times / Politics
Gov. Jerry Brown's budget helps schools and the poor -- and saves a lot for a rainy day
By John Myers, Melanie Mason, and Christine Mai-Duc
“This will be a huge help to 1.3 million people with disabilities and seniors around the state who are struggling to pay the rent and get enough food to eat,” said Frank Tamborello, executive director of Hunger Action LA, adding that the increases should be even greater to account for cost of living.
State budget Jan 2016:
Good and Bad News in Governor's Budget
L.A. Area Food Centers Are All That Stands Between Thousands and Hunger
ASCJweb / Social Stories / Health
“When people think of hunger they think of somewhere in the developing world where maybe there’s a famine or a war going on,” said Frank Tamborello, the director of Hunger Action L.A. “We got plenty of food in the United States, but people need income.”
Rebecca Gibian, 2014 Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
Market Match helps get fresh produce to low-income farmers market shoppers
May 20th, 2015
LA Times / Local / Politics
Brown follows centrist course with earned income tax credit
George Skelton on SSI:
"There are extreme cases of hunger," says Frank Tamborello, director of Hunger Action L.A., an activist group. "I know of one 74-year-old woman who goes through garbage cans."
Food politics in L.A.: Hungry for change
BY MARY MACVEAN
The business of government often has been conducted over a meal, but these days it’s food itself that’s on the public agenda: how to get more and better food to poor people, how to improve what children eat at school, how to encourage access to farmers’ products and community gardens, how to combat obesity, and more.
Indigiegogo / Fundraisers
HALA Market-Match fundraiser on Indiegogo
Hunger Action Los Angeles raised $3,190 to help fund the Market-Match program. Although we were not able to reach our goal, we were still able to help sustain our part of the Market-Match program throughout Los Angeles County. For more information on Market-Match and a listing of Markets offering the program, visit our Market-Match page at http://www.hungeractionla.org/marketmatch
Fundraising for Market Match Video: https://vimeo.com/136455452/
April 21st, 2015
Los Angeles County Has The Largest Food Insecure Population In The U.S. Here’s Who’s Helping
By Eleanor Goldberg
“This is a four-way win,” Frank Tamborello, director of Hunger Action LA, told the news outlet. “It reduces hunger, especially among our senior population. It encourages healthy eating. It boosts the California small farm economy. And it supports environmentally sustainable agriculture.”
April 13th, 2015
Hungry for Solutions: Aging and Food Insecurity
By Matt Perry
I’m starved. Ravenous. I’m so hungry I can’t think straight. I certainly can’t work. What I want more than anything is to eat an entire stack of beef ribs.
Kevin Kemp knows exactly how I feel. At 54 — about my age — he’s been homeless and hungry in Long Beach for nearly a decade.
“It’s like running out of fuel in your car,” says Kemp. “You’re just stuck. It’s no energy. Nothing to help you through the daily activities.”
But there’s one difference between my hunger and Kemp’s story, as recounted by Hunger Action Los Angeles. Mine is self-inflicted — it’s the day of my colonoscopy — and I’ve been fasting for 24 hours to prepare for the procedure. As soon as it’s over, I’ll be eating.
April 3rd, 2015
LA Times / Food / Dailydish
New grant adds $1 million in fresh produce to L.A. shoppers' menus
By Russ Parsons
Market Match is an innovative setup that allows shoppers to double their EBT and WIC benefits when shopping at farmers markets.
Participating shoppers use their benefits cards to receive chits that can be spent on fresh fruits and vegetables at the market. Market Match doubles the first $10 in benefits.
“This is going to fill in a big piece of puzzle in funding,” says Frank Tamborello, director of Hunger Action LA, one of the groups that will be receiving some of the grant.
March 19th, 2015
First 5 LA
Fresh Fruit and Veggie Program Continues Growth
“There’s a lot of enthusiasm for this program. I don’t think it would have gotten where it is without the help of First 5 LA,” said Frank Tamborello, executive director of Hunger Action LA, one of the Market Match partners in the county. The program was founded by the Ecology Center.
What it's Like to be Hungry on Public Assistance
By Michael Lozano, Cindy Maldonado and Christian Muro
- First Step: Sign the petition: http://bit.ly/CA4SSIPetition (unpublished)
If you represent an organization:
Organizations have a separate sign-
on letter to the campaign at http://bit.ly/ca-ssi-ssp. (unpublished)
- Second Step: Forward the petition link to everyone you know.
Third Step: If you would like to become involvedmore deeply in the campaign, contact Frank at
November 25, 2014
The Dos and Dont's of Helping the Hungry
Providing nutritious food options is not only a form of respect, it also caters to individual needs, which can include diabetic restrictions, allergies and healthy eating, says Frank Tamborello, director of Hunger Action Los Angeles. Through the organization’s Market Match program, individuals that receive CalFresh (California’s version of food stamps), Social Security or Supplementing Security Income (SSI) or other forms of government assistance receive $10 in vouchers to spend at participating farmers’ markets, promoting vegetables and fruit.
May 6, 2014
Pasadena Star News / Health
Groups look to raise accessibility of farmers markets to low-income shoppers
The Ecology Center, a Berkeley-based nonprofit that promotes healthy and sustainable living, coordinates organizations across the state to help farmers markets accept payment via CalFresh EBT and offer Market Match, an incentive program that gives government-aid recipients matching funds to shop at farmers markets. Hunger Action Los Angeles works with more than a dozen markets across the county to offer the privately funded program.
April 10th, 2014
Hunger Action LA / Media
Hunger Action LA PSA for Market Match for seniors
November 7th, 2013
KPFK / Uprising Radio
HALA’s Frank Tamborello on Uprising Radio
October 11th, 2013
Univision Channel 34 / Videos
Hunger Action LA comments on Oct 2013 SNAP cuts
La Opinion 10/31/2013 on proposed city restrictions on feeding the homeless :
LA Activist Oct. 2013: http://www.laactivist.com/2013/11/03/homeless-advocates-fear-city-hall-is-
Hunger Action LA on Qumran Report Oct. 2013:
Jerry Higgs and Frank Tamborello of HALA hold forth on Skid Row Radio’s Qumran report on a wide variety of hunger issues. With Host Melvin Johnson and Co-
host Earlene Anthony:
Hunger Action LA Sept. 2011 rally at City Hall: