News Update May 22nd, 2015

To All Those Interested in Food and Justice...

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

May 22: With the Memorial Day weekend approaching, a quick update with two action items, we hope you can get to them before you run off to have fun! See item 2

Next HALA Meeting Fri May 29 10 am-Noon

The next monthly meeting of Hunger Action Los Angeles is:

  • Friday May 29
  • 10 am to 12 Noon
  • Location: St. Mary’s Church, 962 S Normandie (entrance and parking lot)

Please note: Very limited parking is available at the church. Best bet is to carpool, look for nearby street parking, take the 28 or 728 Olympic busses, take the 720 bus or the Purple Line to Wilshire/Normandie and walk a few blocks.

We’ll be discussing the remaining legislation in Sacramento that can end hunger for over a million California seniors and people with disabilities, as well as increase access to healthy fruits and vegetables for thousands of California families, and other anti-poverty measures, plus a look at the LA City landscape on hunger and improved food access.

All are invited! RSVP [email protected]

Update on Sacramento Legislation

AS the state budget nears its final three weeks of work before the June 15 deadline, here’s a look at how some of the anti-hunger policies we have been supporting are faring, and further actions to be taken.

SSI/SSP and CalWORKs COLAs:Months of petitions, emails, legislative visits, rallies, and phone calls are paying off to some extent---the SSI issue is getting noticed in the state budget, not as much as is needed to truly lift over a million seniors and people with disabilities.

Send a message to the Big 5 (the Governor and the 4 top legislative leaders) about SSI in the state budget:
Action Letter to Big 5 About SSI

Funding for Nutrition Incentives: Our budget request, led by Roots of Change, for $5 million for nutrition incentives to increase the spending power of low income people for fresh California grown fruits and vegetables was met halfway by the Senate, which has proposed $2.5 million in the budget for this request. The Assembly hasn’t included it in their budget. However, next week the Senate and Assembly will conduct the “conference committee” to reconcile differences in their proposals. We can still push for the full $5 million in funding.
Send an Email To Your Legislators In Support of Nutrition Incentives

Gardeners: Fill Out Ample Harvest Survey by Sunday! is conducting a survey and we need your help.

If you are a home or community gardener, please visit to answer a few short questions that will help us better understand the food people grow, how large their harvests are, and the possibility of sharing it.

Also, please ask all of your friends and family nationwide who garden to visit too.

The survey will end on Sunday, May 24.

Overall results will be made public soon after that.

Questions can be directed to [email protected]

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