Food & Justice News May 6, 2019

Food & Justice News May 6, 2019

  1. Support LA Activists for Hunger Action Day
  2. CalFresh Awareness Month May 2019
  3. A New Trump Administration Threat to SNAP
  4. Hunger Action Day May 22 Sacramento
  5. The Fight Against Gentrification: Spotlight Koreatown
  6. Help Blind and Low Vision Shoppers Enjoy the Farmers Market:
    RESCHEDULED: NEW DATE AND LOCATION Saturday June 8 Santa Monica Pico Farmers Market

Support LA Activists for Hunger Action Day

Hunger Action Day is coming May 22 at the state Capitol in Sacramento. HALA is raising money for bus and lodging for low income residents to bring their life experiences to the state’s lawmakers to advocate for stronger anti-poverty policies. Sponsor a low income resident to be part of this annual  expedition, where we’ve won victories for people in recovery, seniors, disabled people and children

www.hungeractionla.org/donate  

www.hungeractionla.org/monthly_donation

We just need another $2,500 to cover our expenses. Your $10, $20 or $50 or more donation is greatly appreciated and will help us get across the finish line.

Want to join us for Hunger Action Day? —See Hunger Action Day flyer further below in this newsletter.

 


CalFresh Awareness Month May 2019

LA County has proclaimed May 2019 to be CalFresh Awareness Month. This year promises to be a spectacular one as the state of California embarks on the largest ever expansion of the program with the new eligibility beginning June 1 for 1.3 million SSI/SSP recipients (seniors and people with disabilities.) This will be the most significant investment of public resources in ending hunger

*Kickoff at Cal State Dominguez Hills Tuesday May 7,  where a new farmers market operated by Venaver and sponsored by Hunger Action LA is bringing fresh food to students

*SSI Resources : Get resources about the new CalFresh SSI expansion at https://www.hungeractionla.org/calfresh_ssi_resources. More coming soon!


A New Trump Administration Threat to SNAP

In the past year, the Trump administration has introduced two initiatives to dramatically reduce the number of people using SNAP benefits (called CalFresh in California.) Neither has been implemented, and both proposals included periods of public comment in which hundreds of requirements thousands of Americans responded to oppose the suggested policies. The first was last fall, by the Department of Homeland Security, threatening to broaden the definition of “public charge” benefits which could negatively impact non-citizens efforts to upgrade to legal permanent resident status. During the winter we saw a proposal to drastically diminish the power of states to waive work for single, childless adults.

A third one has been announced. Similar to last fall’s proposal this one impacts people who have used benefits, legally, while they had non-citizen status.  United States Department of Justice has just announced a new proposed rule which would allow for people who are documented to be deported if they have used public benefits. 

Please remind your community that this is a proposed rule that hasn't even been published yet and that nothing has changed in the law. 

 

Please reference the fact sheet prepared by Protecting Immigrant Families:

https://t.co/B900MU01MO


Hunger Action Day May 22 Sacramento

Save The DATE!


Hunger Action Day 2019

Date: May 21-22, 2019
Location:
Sacramento, California

Hunger Action Day 2019 Sacramento


The Fight Against Gentrification: Spotlight Koreatown

Courtesy of Amanda Oh, a senior at Marlborough School in Los Angeles is a documentary she has created regarding the gentrification of Koreatown in Los Angeles. Here is the link to the trailer HERE and the link to the full documentary HERE.

 

Koreatown Gentrification Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwkNqiazy1Q

 

Housing costs are overwhelmingly the main cause of hunger in Los Angeles particularly and in California and the U.S. generally. As Amanda’s documentary points out, although there are economic benefits to business and the overall “gentrification vs development” can be debated, you would have to be delusional to deny that housing costs in Los Angeles are out of control. It is inspiring to see young people becoming educated and aware of these issues and promoting renter’s rights and responsible development.


Help Blind and Low Vision Shoppers Enjoy the Farmers Market:
RESCHEDULED: NEW DATE AND LOCATION Saturday June 8 Santa Monica Pico Farmers Market

Blind and Low-Vision services

Saturday June 8 Santa Monica Pico Farmers Market

2200 Virginia Ave. in Virginia Park Pico & Cloverfield Santa Monica CA 90404

PLEASE RSVP TO info@hungeractionla.org 
NO OTHER REGISTRATION NEEDED!

Saturday June 8 Santa Monica Pico Farmers Market

2200 Virginia Ave. in Virginia Park Pico & Cloverfield Santa Monica CA 90404

https://www.yelp.com/biz/virginia-avenue-park-farmers-market-santa-monica

Santa Monica / Pico Farmers Market info

 

What we'll be doing:

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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 info@hungeractionla.org

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 (Santa Monica June 8.)
  • 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 info@hungeractionla.org



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