Food & Justice News Dec 10, 2019
- LA County Supervisors Pass Motion to Oppose Trump SNAP Cuts With Legal Action
- LA CAN Job Opening; Community Garden Retail Associate
LA County Supervisors Pass Motion to Oppose Trump SNAP Cuts With Legal Action
Today (Tuesday December 10), the LA County Board of Supervisors passed a motion , brought forward by Supervisors Hilda Solis and Janice Hahn , to oppose the President’s new executive order to remove states’ ability to waive work requirements in the SNAP program affecting jobless childless adults. The motion directs the County to take legal action against this reduction in public benefits.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement :
"On Dec. 4, the U. S. Department of Agriculture published its final rule on SNAP, known here in California as CalFresh. This draconian new rule will take food away from nearly 700,000 SNAP recipients nationally, which includes 304,000 recipients in Los Angeles County, by imposing work requirements on individuals who struggle to find gainful employment. This is yet another assault by this Administration against the millions of working families, and children, who rely on SNAP to combat hunger. This Administration’s action to take food from hungry families during the holiday season is heartless.
In LA County, two million of our residents experience food insecurity; solving this crisis is a matter of public health. As this nation’s most effective anti-hunger program, SNAP should be supported and strengthened to ensure all of our communities are vibrant and healthy. Instead, this new rule will inflict harm on people who make ends meet by taking seasonal or part-time jobs with unreliable hours. In addition, the final rule will harm neighborhood grocery stores and communities by reducing the amount of SNAP dollars that could help spur local economic growth. Every dollar in SNAP spending leads to an increase in GDP between $.80 and $1.50.
If provisions of the final rule take effect on April 1, 2020, SNAP will become less useful during economic recessions. Having served as U.S. Secretary of Labor during the Great Recession, I saw firsthand the economic stimulus that SNAP provides to the economy – and the lifeline it offers to individuals and families during hard times. The Great Recession left many workers unemployed for long periods, and people fell into deep poverty. The waivers this final rule removes is contrary to Congress’ intent and will weaken SNAP’s effectiveness in times of an economic downturn. Not only will the final rule hurt people during recessions, but more immediately it will worsen the homelessness crisis.
This Administration’s attempt to exacerbate the food insecurity crisis will harm our most vulnerable, including children from low-income households. LA County will not stand idly by as this Administration denies food for hardworking Americans who struggle to find steady jobs that pay living wages."
The board motion directs County Counsel to:
- Analyze the rule and possible litigation options on behalf of Los Angeles
- File a lawsuit as plaintiff or co-plaintiff in litigation challenging the rule, or as
amicus to existing litigation, as deemed appropriate by County Counsel.
LA CAN Job Opening; Community Garden Retail Associate
LA Community Action Network is hiring a Community Garden Retail Associate
Reports To: Food and Wellness Team Lead & Deputy Director of Organizing
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt Part-Time (25 hours/week)
SUMMARY OF POSITION
The Community Garden Retail Associate provides key support for LA CAN’s Food & Wellness Collaborative (F&WC) programming that includes Rooftop Gardening for education and training, Community Organizing and Leadership Development with members of LA CAN as well as Sales and Support for our weekly Skid Row Marketplace as prioritized by supervisor and our F&WC Staff Committee.
Rooftop Gardening at LA CAN Gardens
- Monitor and supervise the weekly maintenance of LA CAN Gardens (including planting, regular pruning, harvesting, soil management, integrative pest control).
- Create and track weekly garden watering schedule for all garden locations, working with LA CAN F&WC staff and garden subcommittee members
- Create and monitor a weekly and monthly planting calendar for LACAN garden locations.
- Co-create with supervisor general garden and compost training curriculum and materials.
- Co-develop promotional materials and brief garden tour for visitors, train select staff to guide tours.
- Be first point of contact for LA CAN’s composting efforts and community composting partners, coordinate and develop training and materials for F&WC members in composting best practices.
Marketplace and Sales Support
- Support set-up and break down for weekly Marketplace.
- Support the staffing of weekly Marketplace and other locations and events as assigned.
- Schedule outreach calls for Marketplace and pop-up market to build awareness of good food access and opportunities for pre-order purchase establish relationships within the community and neighboring communities that build customer loyalty and grows participation among members.
Community Organizing and Leadership Development
- Attend weekly team coordination and weekly member committee meeting.
- Support meeting agenda creation and facilitation as assigned.
- Support other team activities focused on food security efforts including community education and awareness, grassroots advocacy and coalition building efforts.
- Lead weekly phone-based outreach to build awareness of weekly meetings
HOW TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter, resume and application to [email protected]
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