News Update: April 17th 2014

Posted by 1112sc on April 17, 2014

A (usually) weekly update on food issues, promoting access to sufficient, affordable, healthy food ---with a focus on campaigns you can become active in! 

April 16, 2014 

1. Market Match Legislation Now in State Assembly

Friends of Hunger Action LA are familiar with the Market Match program, which we’re now operating at 16 markets with the recent addition of Vermont Village, La Cienega, Compton and Valinda (and other areas on the waiting list––we’re not forgetting you, SF Valley!) Newly proposed state legislation could be a huge boost to Market Match not only in LA where HALA and SEE-LA are  doing the program, but all over the state, where 14 other organizations from Bakersfield to Fresno to the Bay to Humboldt are running Market Match (with coordination by The Ecology Center.)

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Assemblymember Phil Ting of San Francisco has introduced AB 2385. This bill would create a pool of funding for Market Match programs all over California, which would be paired with federal funds from the recent Farm Bill that have been earmarked for incentive programs like Market Match.


Please send a letter of support for AB 2385 to . Letters must be sent to Frank by Monday April 21, 2014. You can use the sample letter at this link:


Support Letter for Market Match Legislation


Market Match was highlighted recently by one of its principal funders, First 5 LA:


A Market Match Made In Heaven

Track: AB 2385


2. April 25 Training Speak Out for Food Justice: Hunger Action Day May 20-21


Speak Out For Food Justice

Friday April 25, 10 am to Noon

Location: CHIRLA, 2533 W 3rd St. LA CA


·  Learn how to speak effectively to legislators about issues that concern you

·  Meet other people concerned about hunger and poverty

·  Learn about the burning issues being discussed on state level and how you can be involved


RSVP: or 213 388 8228


Hunger Action Day May 20-21:


Each May hundreds of anti-hunger advocates from across the state meet in Sacramento to educate their legislators about hunger and encourage their support for anti-hunger legislation. This year advocates from your community will be at the capitol on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. With more than 3.8 million California adults struggling with food insecurity it’s important we speak out



·  Space is limited so reserve now 213 388 8228 or

·  Leaving on bus 9 am from LA on Tuesday May 20 (RSVP first)

·  Departing from St Mary’s Church 961 S Normandie Ave 90006 (you can park there)

·  Staying overnight in Sacramento : main events are on Wed May 21.

·  It will be hot and windy

·  Leaving Sacramento 2:30 pm Wednesday May 21 after Hunger Action Day

·  Arrive back in LA approx 9 pm Wed May 21

·  $35 donation requested, no one turned away

·  Groups welcome from community organizations in LA, East LA, South LA, Valley, Westside, Pasadena/Glendale, San Gabriel Valley, Long Beach, Antelope Valley, and anywhere else!

·  You can also make your own travel arrangements & meet us in Sacramento: still RSVP please

·  Highly recommended—If you plan on attending you should also attend the April 25 training described above




3. Urban Ag Survey

From Jes McBride, on the LA Food Policy Council Urban Ag Working Group:


Hi neighbor!


On behalf of the Urban Ag Working Group at LAFPC, I am conducting a study of city regulations that relate to urban agriculture in Los Angeles. This study grew out of Cultivate L.A., a report by UCLA urban planning students in 2013, but narrows the focus to the city of Los Angeles. As fellow agriculturalists, I'd love to have your input!


Project Goal: To clarify the city’s regulations so that farmers and gardeners know what is possible in LA, and which issues may need additional advocacy.

Survey Goal: To help us learn how the regulations affect local farmers and gardeners.

Who should take this survey: Folks over 18 who are involved in urban agriculture in Los Angeles.


Interested? Take the survey here:


The responses will be used to inform a report that will be available to the public, but the identities of any responses will be protected. If you would like to view the official survey info, please click here:


Thank you in advance for your participation!


Jes McBride, Graduate Student Researcher, UCLA Urban Planning


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