Food & Justice News April 15, 2019
- Join HALA for a Spring Barbecue Fundraiser : Order Now for April 25
- Hungry for Justice: Anti Hunger Advocacy Training Thursday April 25 3 PM-4:30 PM at St. Mary’s Church, Koreatown
- SSI and CalFresh: Training in San Fernando Valley Monday April 29
- Help Blind and Low Vision Shoppers Enjoy the Farmers Market: Saturday May 11 Crenshaw Farmers Market
- Providing Funds for Fruits and Vegetables Can Save Billions In Health Care
Join HALA for a Spring Barbecue Fundraiser : Order Now for April 25
Support Hunger Action LA and help us fund a bus to send 40 low income activists to Hunger Action Day in Sacramento to fight for more funds for our seniors and people with disabilities, better child nutrition programs, and housing protection for low income tenants! Get a plate of barbecue lovingly prepared by HALA members.
Order now through April 24 for pickup on April 25: For each plate choose one main dish (Chicken, Ribs or Vegetarian Chili) and any 2 sides (Greens, Yams, Corn, String Beans. Send orders to [email protected] or 213 388 8228. Deadline to order is noon on Wednesday April 24
Pay online at www.hungeractionla.org/donate and indicate it’s for the barbecue. Price $19 per plate
Pick up: Pick up your order on April 25 Thursday from 12 Noon through 6 PM from St. Mary’s Church 960 S Normandie (Normandie @ San Marino St) LA 90006
Our Hungry for Justice training is going on same time 3 pm to 5 pm same location. Indicate if you want to attend the training too
(213) 388-8228 [email protected]
Hungry for Justice: Anti Hunger Advocacy Training Thursday April 25 3 PM-4:30 PM at St. Mary’s Church, Koreatown
Join us for a free training to:
- Learn about the changes in national policy affecting the programs that provide food to the hungry in the U.S.
- Become part of the state campaign for California to help increase resources for its elderly, disabled and blind population
- Learn about state bills to help all school kids get healthier meals
- Learn about housing bills that will enable people to keep more of their resources for food
- Learn how to follow legislation, set up meetings and speak to your elected officials about hunger
- Meet a lot of really cool people!
When: Thursday April 25 3 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 961 S Mariposa Ave LA CA 90006. Entrance in back parking lot at 960 S. Normandie
PLEASE NOTE: Reserve early as parking is limited!
RSVP: [email protected] or leave message 213 388 8228
Light refreshments provided
*This is the same day as the barbecue fundraiser. Order a plate and sign up for the training too!
SSI and CalFresh: Training in San Fernando Valley Monday April 29
This summer, 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:
Who Should Attend?
Groups and individuals working with seniors, people with disabilities; Agencies that distribute food
Date: Monday April 29
Time: 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Address: Jewish Family Service / SOVA at 16439 Vanowen Street, Van Nuys CA 91406 (Please note it is behind the row of stores on northeast corner of Vanowen & Hayvenhurst. For parking, follow the driveway next to the Alta Dena Market to the rear.)
Free! RSVP: [email protected] or (213) 388 8228 Sponsored by: Hunger Action LA and Jewish Family Service / SOVA
Help Blind and Low Vision Shoppers Enjoy the Farmers Market: Saturday May 11 Crenshaw Farmers Market
Saturday May 11th @ Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Farmers Market
PLEASE RSVP TO [email protected]
NO OTHER REGISTRATION NEEDED!
Saturday May 11th: 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 market. If 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 [email protected]
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 May 11).
- 10:15 am Breakfast/Orientation—this is where volunteers will match up with shoppers
- 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Shopping/Eating
- 12:30 am – 1 pm Take shoppers home (Unless some make particular arrangements to stay later with the volunteer)
We will have snacks and water for volunteers as well as shoppers.
Along with helping guide shoppers around the farmers markets, we are also in need of drivers to take shoppers home afterwards.
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.
Drivers must have a valid license, insurance, and sign a waiver.
PLEASE RSVP TO [email protected]
Providing Funds for Fruits and Vegetables Can Save Billions In Health Care
The Market Match program offered by HALA and other organizations received more validation from recent studies at Tufts University:
“Prescriptions for healthy foods could help lower the risk of expensive chronic illnesses like cardiovascular disease and diabetes in Medicare and Medicaid patients, a new study suggests.”
“The study determined that under the proposed prescription models, patients would rely less on health-care. Researchers found that the first food-prescription model would decrease health-care costs by nearly $40 billion. The second policy model would reduce health-care costs by more than $100 billion.
“Researchers found that subsidizing fruits and veggies would prevent 1.93 million cardiovascular events such as heart attacks and 350,000 deaths. What’s more, subsidizing fruits and vegetables along with other healthy items would prevent 3.28 million cardiovascular conditions, 620,000 deaths and 120,000 diabetes cases.”
Which is not a surprise to many SSI recipients: as one of HALA’s members put it, “They are spending $50k a year sometimes (on hospital visits), but if you give me $200-300 a month, I can eat better and I would not be in the hospital… You could send me $3600 a year and I’ll save you $40,000 a year. Think about that: millions and millions of people that (have my condition). Take that and times it, they're gonna save a fortune.”