Food & Justice News
March 22nd, 2019
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This time of year we are embarking on several projects needing a jolt of resources from you:
- CalFresh expansion to SSI recipients
- Beginning new farmers markets and Market Match programs
- Updating the Peoples Guide to Welfare Health and Other Services
- Preparing grassroots advocates for work in Sacramento to pass anti-poverty policies in hunger, housing and other issues!
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Food Justice Updates:
- SSI and CalFresh: A Giant Step to End Hunger for Seniors and People with Disabilities —Training Thursday March 28th NEW TIME 1 PM TO 3 PM
- Tell the Trump Administration It’s Unacceptable to Take Food Away from Struggling Workers and Families: Due April 2nd
- Help Blind and Low Vision Shoppers Enjoy Crenshaw Farmers Market: Saturday March 23rd
SSI and CalFresh: A Giant Step to End Hunger for Seniors and People with Disabilities
Training Thursday March 28th: NOTE NEW TIME 1 PM TO 3 PM
Who Should Attend?
Groups and individuals working with seniors, people with disabilities; Agencies that distribute food; Media
Time: NEW TIME 1:00 PM TO 3:00 PM
Location: St. Mary’s Church: Park & Enter at 960 S Normandie Ave LA CA 90006
On June 1st, 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:
- assistance with applications
- collaborating with community groups
Free! RSVP: [email protected] 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 2nd
(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 11:59 pm — 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.
Can’t Get Enough of Trump Proposals to Increase Human Misery? Here are some more:
Trump’s new budget proposal calls once again to replace SNAP (CalFresh here or “Food Stamps”) with food boxes, distributed by an as yet nonexistent, untested system that would take low income people out of grocery stores and most likely nto lines where they’d be stigmatized by the rest of the community, and take away their choice of what kinds of food they need.
Not one to forget about the kids, Trump made sure to also include cuts to children’s school meals in the budget as well:
High rents being one of the major causes of hunger, Trump proposes to increase minimum rents for subsidized housing
Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are also targeted:
Help Blind and Low Vision Shoppers Enjoy the Crenshaw Farmers Market: Saturday March 23rd
Saturday March 23rd @ Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Farmers Market
PLEASE RSVP TO [email protected]
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 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 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 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]