Dear Follower of Hunger Action LA:
The stimulus payments of $1,200 will be made automatically to most people in the U.S., including anyone who files a tax return, and most Social Security recipients.
But some of the most vulnerable people in our community won’t be able to get it unless they jump through hoops. Those are the millions of senior, blind or disabled persons who only receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This includes around a million people in California, many of them frail with life-threatening conditions that make survival difficult, even before the current crisis.
They can get the payments if they file a tax return. But the majority of them have either never had to file one because they have been blind or disabled from birth, or the last time they filed was years ago. And being in an especially vulnerable class, it is not easy for them to leave home and go hunting down a tax form.
Other recipients of benefits from the Social Security Administration are getting automatic direct payments. SSI recipients should, as well.
Call the Capitol Switchboard, ask for your Member of Congress.
When you’re connected:
Ask them to sign the letter by Rep DeFazio demanding that SSI recipients get direct payments of the CARES Act stimulus payments.
SSI recipients should not have to file taxes to get stimulus payments, this is an injustice and basic issue of equity and fairness.
Hunger Action LA needs volunteers
Drivers to deliver meals and bagged food to recipients located all over LA County on Wednesdays: Meet on Wednesday, April 1, April 8, April 15, at 2 pm at 1432 West Adams Blvd, LA CA 90007 (at the farmers market)
Please provide your contact information to email@example.com
Donations of cash or by PayPal for us to purchase ready-made meals from Everytable in bulk discount so we can provide meals to vulnerable people not able to cook: and for purchases of fresh fruits and vegetables from farmers markets to supplement diets of the recipients while supporting our local farmers
Donations of food: Please no expired food except packaged food within 2 months of the “best buy” date. Frozen meat is okay, prepared frozen meals, we are trying to limit canned food due to health issues of recipients.
Provide your contact info to firstname.lastname@example.org
The recipients of the food are in the following priority groups
*Blind and low vision persons
*persons particularly vulnerable to coronavirus, or with a disability, who should not be outside standing in food lines or with a lot of people at the grocery store
In Loving Memory of Beatriz Solis 1962-2020While we are all dealing with coronavirus fallout at this time Hunger Action LA would like to pause for us to mourn, but also to celebrate, the life of Beatriz Solis of The California Endowment who passed away this morning (Saturday March 21) after a long struggle with cancer.Beatriz was an extraordinary and compassionate individual who helped numerous organizations around Los Angeles, including us, with planning, logistics, and tremendous heartfelt encouragement. We will miss her and we extend our sympathy to her family, to The California Endowment, and to all of the community here whose work in fighting for equity in health care is her ongoing legacy. Goodbye Beatriz, we love you and appreciate all you have done.For more details:
Food & Justice News Mar 17, 2020
Updated Coronavirus Resources
- Mutual Aid in Los Angeles
- Grocery Stores Opening Early for Seniors, Disabled, Pregnant Women (Exact Groups Depend on Particular Store)
- Los Angeles Unified School District Grab and Go Meals for Students
- CalFresh and other Public Benefits : Offices Closed But Phone and Online Are Available
- General Resources for Food, Housing, Health, Transportation and Education
- Demand Sick Days for Food Workers
Stay tuned for more updates. We will be working to advocate for following identified needs:
- meal or grocery delivery for people under age 60 who are disabled or immune-compromised
- a moratorium on evictions and utility shutoffs
Food & Justice News Mar 16, 2020
You probably have heard or already experienced most of the new restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak. We’ve included in this issue as well as stuff you already heard, some lesser discussed issues and resources relevant to our current crisis:
- Local Resources available in Los Angeles:
- LAUSD Family Resource Centers And Grab-And-Go Meals:
- Mayor Assures Grocery Stores Will Be Stocked
- Trump Decision To Cut SNAP Stopped By Court, Partly Due to Coronavirus:
- House Bill To Help Americans Held Up By Republican Rep Louis Gohmert
- Truck Drivers Delivering Emergency Goods Can Drive More Hours
- What About Incarcerated People During This Crisis?
- Farmers Markets Will Stay Open With Some Modification
- Keep Up Demand For Sick Days Because House Bill Doesn’t Cover It All
- Guidelines for Unhoused Angelenos And Demands for City and County of LA
This document was created by people who are committed to our community’s health :-) As long as it is done to help others, you are welcome to add resources or copy them. Please e-mail email@example.com if you see any inaccurate info or if you’d like to add something.
Link to the document below:
Food & Justice News Mar 12, 2020
- Coronavirus, The Economy, and Food Security
- Demand Restaurants Provide Sick Days to Workers
- Support SB 882: Make Applying for CalFresh Easy for Seniors
- Public Comment on School Meal Changes
- Farmer Suicides: The Ones Who Feed Us Are Killing Themselves All Around the World
Food & Justice News Mar 2, 2020
- Federal Attack on The Safety Net:
- SSI Critical Benefit For Women and People of Color: California Budget Center Study
- Volunteer for Blind Low Vision Shoppers Day March 15
- Public Comment on School Meal Changes
- Volunteer for Hunger Action Day May 6
- Climate Change Could Threaten California Leadership in Fruits and Vegetables
Food & Justice News Feb 25, 2020
- Food Systems Dashboard Released
- AI Algorithms Intended To Root Out Welfare Fraud Often End Up Punishing The Poor Instead
- Blind Low Vision Shoppers Day March 15
- Comments Due March 23: Trump Proposal Would Weaken Standards for School Lunches: Or, “More Pizza, Less Vegetables”