News Update Sep 13th 2018

September 13, 2018: Two Phone Calls Needed!

Blind Low Vision Program: Volunteer for Sunday September 16 Blind Low Vision program at Mar Vista Farmers Market! It’s from 10 am to 1 pm at 3826 Grand View Blvd, LA CA 90066. Volunteer to help guide blind customers around the farmers market. Enjoy their company and that of other volunteers! Send your contact info to [email protected] to volunteer.

September 2018: While we in California are rejoicing over the news that over a million SSI recipients (seniors and disabled) will finally be eligible for CalFresh next year, threats to the program nationally exist in the form of the Farm Bill, which the House of Representatives have loaded down with work requirements in order to cut $20 billion from the program. Meanwhile, on the state level, the most fundamental food assistance—people voluntarily taking food to the poor and homeless—is threatened by a well intentioned bill that would actually make people register and pay fees in order to participate in this giving.

  1. Call Governor to Veto AB 2178 and Pass AB 1871
  2. Call In Day Today Sept 13 to Protect SNAP

Call Governor to Veto AB 2178 and Pass AB 1871

Call the Governor Today Sept 13-14, 2018:

Call the Governor's office at 916 445 2841 and ask that AB 2178 be vetoed. After pressing the language selection you can press 6 to speak to a representative.

Please visit for detailed information and to take action from your browser.

Please VETO AB 2178:

Volunteer groups feeding the homeless do not have the time to register with a local enforcement agency, nor pay the fees that are allowed by this bill.

We should not have to register and pay just to help our neighbors eat.

This law will be used by counties as an excuse to stop people from feeding the homeless.

If you stop groups from feeding the homeless, more waste food will end up in landfills and contribute to global warming.

Volunteer groups feeding the poor and homeless  pose little food safety risk. There has never been a report of food poisoning or other illness due to their activity. These groups have operated for decades.

These groups are filling a critical gap, and criminalizing their volunteerism will only add to the misery that the state itself is struggling to find the resources to address.

We need MORE help for the homeless, not restrictions on kinds of help based on the fact that they come from "unregistered" sources.

Please DO Sign

Assembly Bill 1871 would ensure all low-income charter school students are protected from hunger and have the right to a school meal, just like other low-income students who attend public school

Call In Day Today Sept 13 to Protect SNAP

  • Call 1-888-398-8702 and tell your Members of Congress to protect and strengthen SNAP.
  • Today, advocates across the country are calling Members of Congress, urging them to protect and strengthen the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the Farm Bill Conference. Will you join us?
  • Call your Members of Congress now, asking that they adopt the Senate Farm Bill SNAP provisions and reject any cuts or efforts to weaken the program - especially the draconian provisions contained in the House Farm Bill.
  • Call 1-888-398-8702 and tell your Members of Congress to protect and strengthen SNAP.
  • Message: ”Please protect SNAP - a critical program that helps millions of children, seniors, and veterans across the country - by supporting the Senate SNAP provisions of the Farm Bill.”

Stay tuned for more news and alerts on the Farm Bill. The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) has many resources. You can even watch the whole webcast of the public meeting that opened the conference committee on Sept. 5, as well as get sample tweets. See


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