News Update: August 30, 2014

  1. LA 2050 Challenge: Vote for Market Match!
  2. Champions Against Hunger and Poverty Award Nominations
  3. Michigan’s Success in Farmers Market Incentives Program
  4. Neighborhood Food Act Passes State Legislature
  5. Groceryships Transforms Lives Through Education and Listening
  6. Thank You Nestle Corporation?
  7. A Literal War on Poverty in Uganda?


1. LA 2050 Challenge: Vote for Market Match!

Beginning Tuesday September 2 through Tuesday September 16, you can vote for Market Match in the LA 2050 Challenge and help the program expand to thousands of more families, from Pomona to Santa Monica, from the Valley (if we win) to Long Beach.

The LA 2050 Challenge is a competitive process between organizations in 5 categories who have submitted applications describing how their projects or ideas can help Los Angeles become the best place in the world to learn, create, play, connect – and the healthiest place to live. The top voted project in each of the five LA2050 Goal Categories will receive $100,000 from the Goldhirsh Foundation to implement their idea.

Hunger Action LA’s Market Match program has helped over 12,000 families afford fresh fruits and vegetables, sustainably grown here in California , over the last 4 years. The program is a four way Win-Win-Win-Win: It reduces hunger, makes healthy eating affordable, boosts the California small farm economy, and promotes environmentally sustainable agriculture. View Hunger Action LA's Submission

  • Voting begins on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 (noon Pacific Daylight Time) and closes Tuesday, September 16th, (noon Pacific Daylight Time).
  • Each person can vote once.
  • In order to vote, you must be at least 18 years old and a US resident.
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2. Champions Against Hunger and Poverty Award Nominations

Do you know a person or a business that has made outstanding community contributions to reduce hunger and poverty in Los Angeles? Nominate them as a Champion Against Hunger and Poverty. Hunger Action LA (HALA) is awarding people, organizations, and companies whose work meets with its mission at its annual dinner on Thursday November 13, 2014 at Kavar Banquet Hall in East Hollywood.

Nominations must be submitted by September 5th to allow nominee selection. Award recipients will receive complimentary dinner at event, award, and special recognition at HALA dinner, website, newsletter, and media advisory for event.

To submit a nomination: Use the form on the awards page → (

For more information contact Frank Tamborello at (213) 388-8228 or [email protected]

3. Michigan’s Success in Farmers Market Incentives Program

Market Match is not the first program to offer bonuses to help people afford fruits and vegetables. Michigan’s Double Up Bucks has run for several years now.

From Oran Hesterman at the Fair Food Foundation in Michigan:

Last weekend, NBC Nightly News featured Fair Food Network’s Double Up Food Bucks program! It was a powerful segment from "In Plain Sight," NBC’s award-winning series on poverty in America. Watch it now!

The NBC story brought to life Michigan’s statewide healthy food incentive program through the lives of a Detroit family. It coincides with a new five-year report on Double Up released last week. The report shares how the program grew from a small pilot in Detroit to a statewide success story that has supported more than 200,000 low-income families since its launch and more than 1,000 farmers in 2013 alone.

If they can do it in Michigan, we can do it in California!

4. Neighborhood Food Act Passes State Legislature

AB 2561, the California Neighborhood Food Act, passed out of the full legislature on Wednesday!
This bill removes barriers to growing food for personal consumption. The bill ensures that people have the right to grow food for themselves regardless of their housing status. Tenants could grow food in backyards (within certain limits).

Sponsors Sustainable Economy Law Center say: “We are thrilled with this development and we anticipate the Governor will sign this bill into law in the coming days. While the legislative process and strong opposition from interest groups narrowed the original vision of the bill, we are pleased with the outcome as one more step towards a stronger, more resilient local food system.”

“Nonetheless, at SELC, we are not yet satisfied. We plan to continue our state-level advocacy next year to promote urban agriculture as a tool for empowering people to sustain themselves physically, economically, and culturally.”

More onThe Neighborhood Food Act:

From Neil Thapar, Staff Attorney Sustainable Economies Law Center

5. Groceryships Transforms Lives Through Education and Listening

Groceryships is a new nonprofit program that is working with low income families, teaching them how to acquire and eat more fruits, vegetables, grains and other healthful whole, plant-foods while introducing them to a network of other families to support and empower them. The Mind & Body Editor of The Los Angeles Times visited their pilot program in South Central and asked the families if they'd be okay with her coming to meetings and reporting on what happens inside a Groceryships group. Please click here to read Mary MacVean’s article. Here are some of the highlights:

"Over the course of six months, they found common ground: Rich and poor had plenty to learn about eating out of emotion, not hunger, and how to reach for health amid an unhealthful environment."
"Each week, the first hour focuses on cooking, food labels, marketing, shopping strategies. The second hour turns to the intangibles of emotional eating, feeding children, food addiction. But life bubbles over into both hours."

"Groceryships, said Yohana Funes, 34, changed her life. 'They have made me feel physically, mentally, and emotionally beautiful,' she said, this night wearing her long hair down and a lovely body-hugging black dress. 'Before, my children were my circle of life. Now I realize it's all of us together.' Before Groceryships, food cost $125 a week for her family of five. Funes now buys less processed food, no red meat, little juice. She substitutes avocado for mayonnaise. Her bills have dropped. 'We used to have to take stuff out of the cart because we didn't have enough money. Now we have extra.'"

More information:

6. Thank You Nestle Corporation?

The name Nestle has usually inspired more rage than smiles in the anti-hunger world, going back to the 1970s and 1980s when a boycott of Nestle was in force, as a reaction to the company’s practices of aggressive marketing of formula in third world countries. They were distributing formula free to low income women in maternity wards, getting their babies started on something that would cost them a lot of money once the promotion was over and the family was home. (That boycott by the way is technically still on as are some of the charges against Nestle, which claims it is complying with World Health Organization standards: Article on Nestle Boycott-Wikipedia)

So it is a big surprise that Nestle is calling for an overhaul of factory farming practices around the world.

And this news comes from no less than The Humane Society:

“Nestlé’s new program will cleanse its supply chain of the following practices: confinement of sows in gestation crates, calves in veal crates and egg-laying chickens in cages; the forced rapid growth of chickens used for meat products; and the harsh cutting of the horns, tails and genitals of farm animals without painkillers.”

“Nestlé is also encouraging food sustainability by promoting the global Meatless Monday movement via on-package messaging on Lean Cuisine products.Nestlé’s policy follows dialogue with animal protection organizations, including The HSUS, Mercy For Animals and World Animal Protection. We are pleased to work with our colleagues in the field on such a major advance in farm animal welfare and sustainable agriculture. And we applaud Nestlé’s leadership for this game-changing commitment.”

7. A Literal War on Poverty in Uganda?

“Don’t you remember I told ya, I’m a soldier, in the war on Poverty”, sang Billy Preston, many moons ago. But the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, is taking that literally---although there’s no explanation of what he meant by a recent pronouncement.

Journalist Edward Ssekika has written in

“(Uganda) President (Yoweri) Museveni has said he intends to send soldiers to every constituency to fight household poverty.”

“Launching a fundraising drive for the re-development of the Uganda Martyrs' Shrines at Namugongo on Friday, Museveni said this would complement the army's role in the National Agricultural Advisory Services (Naads) programme.”

"We have to address this issue of making sure that all households are not only food-secure but are also engaged in small-scale commercial farming," Museveni said, wondering why landowners should complain of poverty. "We have been talking about [deploying the army] for some time, but now we have to do it."

“The president didn't explain what the army will actually do to make households more food-secure and climb out of poverty.”

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