April 23rd, 2018
- 1. Hunger Action LA: Anti Hunger Advocacy Training Monday April 30 6-7:30 PM in Koreatown
- 2. Farm Bill Updates and Activities
- 3. Renters Day LA: Demand LA City Take Action on High Rents, Wednesday April 25
- 4. Hunger Action Day May 16 Sacramento
- 5. New CDE Mobile App Helps Families Find Summer and Afterschool Meal Program Locations
1. Hunger Action LA: Anti Hunger Advocacy Training Monday, April 30, 6-7:30 PM in 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 how to follow legislation, set up meetings and speak to your elected officials about hunger
- Meet a lot of really cool people!
When: Monday, April 30, 6 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 961 S Mariposa Ave LA CA 90006. Entrance in the back parking lot at 960 S. Normandie
PLEASE NOTE Reserve early as parking is limited!
Light refreshments provided
2. Farm Bill Updates and Activities
Congressional Farm Bill: The House Agriculture Committee passed a version of the Farm Bill last week that they will now prepare for a vote by the full House of Representatives. While the Farm Bill is usually a bipartisan effort, the Committee ignored the objections of Democrats to new rules changes proposed that are pitched as a way to get people “off welfare into work”, but are in fact a cynical way to cut billions of dollars from food assistance to poor people in the US.
Currently, the rules for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or “food stamps”) require that jobless, childless adults from age 18 to 50, called “Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents” must work 20 hours a week in order to get any more than 3 months of food assistance in a 36 month period.
The Farm Bill proposal by Congressional Republicans increases the age of those who must fill these work requirements to age 60, and also requires people whose children are 6 years old or over to comply with the restrictions.
- Millions of people could lose food assistance under these new restrictions: think how difficult it is for people between age 50 and 60 to get a job.
- In addition, many of us work at jobs in which 20 hours per week is not guaranteed: the company may call you and change your shift for the week to anything less than that, and this could endanger your ability to get food aid.
- Although the bill supposedly provides funds for workfare slots to enable people to maintain their eligibility, the amount budgeted in that area is so small it wouldn’t even cover the cost of a bus pass for participants
From Politico’s Morning Ag: “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Democrats can't back the farm bill because it fails to include enough support for agricultural producers. She added that the SNAP proposal would waste taxpayer money on "vast, untested and unworkable bureaucracies" that will increase hunger and poverty. …..Other interests, including the National Young Farmers Coalition, National Farmers Union, environmental advocates and anti-hunger groups all expressed strong opposition. NFU said the bill wouldn't provide an adequate safety net for farmers or support local, regional and specialty markets.”
Jared Call of California Food Policy Advocates gave a great rundown of the SNAP proposals on “Rising Up With Sonali” this past week: http://www.risingupwithsonali.com/trump-and-gop-push-cruel-cuts-to-food-stamps/
Here is an alert to call your representative to oppose this version of the Farm Bill, from Bread for the World:
Further Actions: Join us if you are interested in planning or attending local events about the Farm Bill, in Los Angeles, while Congress is on recess from April 30 to May 6: email@example.com
3. Renters Day LA: Demand LA City Take Action on High Rents, Wednesday, April 25
Join LA renters to commemorate the 5th annual Renters' Day LA. LA remains the nations' most unaffordable housing market and renters will call on the LA City Housing Committee to move forward with introducing a resolution that supports the repeal of the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act. (That’s the bill that made rent control impossible after 1995 for most areas.)
Renters Day LA
April 25, 2018
We will meet at City Hall. (200 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012.)
The meeting with be held in Room 1010 at City Hall. We are asking folks to start arriving at 2:30 pm.
4. Hunger Action Day May 16 Sacramento
The annual Hunger Action Day in Sacramento, produced by the California Hunger Action Coalition, is coming Wednesday, May 16 at the State Capitol. It’s a day of legislative visits, rallies, and meeting hundreds of other anti-hunger advocates from around the state.
This year, advocates are supporting bills like AB 3200, which would raise the monthly benefit for 1.3 million California seniors and people with disabilities after many years of cuts. Other bills would require charter schools to offer meals to students just like their public school counterparts and would incentivize purchases of fruits and vegetables by CalFresh participants as well as provide more food straight from California farms to the state’s network of food banks.
Hunger Action LA is sponsoring a busload of advocates to leave LA on Tuesday, May 15 at 9 am for an overnight stay to take part in Hunger Action Day in Sacramento and return to LA on Wed. May 16. There are still a few spaces left!
- If you’re interested in coming up with us, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and put Hunger Action Day in the subject line.
- If you’re interested in coming and would like to fly up on your own on May 16, please contact us so we can coordinate legislative visits with you email@example.com
- If you can’t go to Sacramento at all but would be willing to send emails and make phone calls to your Assemblymember and Senator that day, welcome aboard! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
5. New CDE Mobile App Helps Families Find Summer and Afterschool Meal Program Locations
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced the release of the California Department of Education’s (CDE) CA Meals for Kids mobile app. The app allows users to find the locations of California’s Summer and Afterschool Meal Programs, which are spread throughout the state. These programs provide no-cost meals to children aged eighteen and under.
“It is critical that children continue to receive nutritious meals when schools are not in session. This helps to counter summer learning loss and ensures that students are able to return to the classroom ready to learn,” said Torlakson. “This application will make it easier for families and caregivers to locate the sites closest to them and receive other information about meal services.”
The CA Meals for Kids App draws upon information submitted to the CDE Nutrition Services Division by local program sponsors and provides the most up-to-date information about meal services available in the community. Children and families can use location-based searches to find meal sites, dates, and times. The app also allows for searches by site name, ZIP code, and city.
The CA Meals for Kids mobile app is available for free download through Apple’s App Store, Google’s Play Store, and Microsoft’s App Store Web pages. More information is available on CDE’s CA Meals for Kids Mobile Application support Web page.