June 25, 2018
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- 1. House Passes Horrible Farm Bill: Senate Working On A Much Better Version
- 2. Tell Congress to Reauthorize the Global Food Security Act
- 3. Mark Your Calendar: Double Your Donation for Senior Market Match in LA County — July 1st through 12th
Eating fresh fruits and vegetables as part of an overall healthy diet provides many benefits vital for the health and maintenance of the body. California’s Market Match incentive program allows low income shoppers to make healthy food choices by making fresh, locally grown produce at farmers markets affordable. In 2016, Market Match was offered at 260 sites by 37 community based organizations throughout the state.
Through the Market Match program, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in partnership with Old Town Newhall Farmers Market and Hunger Action L.A. has donated $5,000 to the program to benefit local, low income residents
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The Market Match program offers bonus dollars to CalFresh and SSI recipients who use their benefits at the farmers markets.
Please bring the following documents or cards with you to the market to sign up:
CalFresh (EBT) Card OR * SSI: Bring SSI award letter, senior or disabled TAP card.
Here’s how to get twice as much healthy food for you and your family:
- Look for the Market Match sign at the market’s information booth
- Use your CalFresh card (or cash if you get SSI) & get double your money in Market Match coupons up to $10
- Buy more fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables
- All Markets below provide Market Match to CalFresh participants. Markets that have a * also serve SSI participants
MARKET LOCATIONS & DAYS OF OPERATION
St. Agnes Church, 1432 W. Adams Blvd @ Vermont Ave.
Wednesdays 2 pm – 6 pm
Alta Loma Park, 600 W Palm, Altadena,
Wednesdays 3 pm – 7 pm
Constituent Services Center 4301 S Central Ave, LA
Thursdays 10 am – 3 pm
Crenshaw Farmers’ Market
3650 Martin Luther King Blvd
Saturdays 10 am – 3 pm
East Hollywood *
Hollywood & Western @ Red Line
Thursdays 3:30 pm – 7 pm
Mondays 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm
1125 Logan St Los Angeles, CA 90026
Fridays 3 pm – 7:30 pm
13000 S Van Ness Ave/ Hollypark Methodist, Church parking lot
Saturdays 8 am – 1 pm
Harbor City (Kaiser Permanente) *
25825 S Vermont Ave @ Kaiser Permanente, Harbor City 90710
Wednesdays 8 am – 1 pm
Highland Park (Old LA) *
Ave 58 & N Figueroa, LA, CA 90042
Tuesdays 3 pm – 8 pm
Historic Downtown LA *
W 5th Street between Broadway/Spring, 90013
Sundays 9 am – 2 pm
Huntington Park *
Salt Lake Park, N. of E. Florence,
Wednesdays 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Kaiser West LA
6041 Cadillac Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034
Wednesdays 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
18th & La Cienega
Thursdays 2 pm – 7 pm
2800 N Broadway. LA, CA 90031
Wednesdays 3 pm – 8 pm
Long Beach Downtown *
Pine & 3rd Street
Friday 10 am – 4 pm
MLK Campus Farmers Market
1670 E 120th St LA, 90059
Wednesday 9 am – 2 pm
Mar Vista *
Grand View @ Venice Blvd
Sunday 9 am – 2 pm
North Hollywood *
5255 Bakman Ave North Hollywood, 91601
Saturday 10 am – 3 pm
Monterey Park *
1950 Wilcox Ave, Monterey Park 91755
Thursdays 4 pm – 9 pm
North Long Beach (Bixby Knolls)
Atlantic Ave. & E. 46th St.
Thursdays 3 pm – 6:30 pm
Old Town Newhall *
22520 Lyons Ave, Santa Clarita, CA 91321 (Lyons Ave. @ Railroad)
Saturday 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Pearl St & Garey Ave Pomona, CA 91767
Saturday 7:30 am – 11:30 am
8838 E Valley Blvd CA 917670
Mondays 4 pm – 8 pm
* Seasonal market: Closed September through March, reopens April 2019
Santa Monica Pico *
Virginia Park by Pico & Cloverfield
Saturdays 8 am – 1 pm
Northwest corner of Tweedy Blvd and Pinehurst Ave
South Gate CA 90280
Monday 10 am – 3 pm
9919 Sunland Blvd, Sunland-Tujunga, CA 91040
Saturdays 9 am – 1 pm
Wellington Square *
4394 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles 90016
Near the intersection of W Washington Blvd & Virginia Rd
Sundays 9 am – 1 pm
West Covina *
195 S Glendora Ave, West Covina 91790
Saturdays 9 am – 1 pm
470 Hawaiian Ave, Wilmington 90744
Tuesdays 8 am – 2 pm
* ASK ABOUT MARKET MATCH FOR CUSTOMERS RECEIVING SSI
*To receive Market Match using your EBT card, you must actually purchase fruits and vegetables from the same farmers market on the same day with the EBT coupons you receive, not just with the Market Match coupons.
What Is The Market Match Program?
How Do I get Market Match?
- You can get Market Match if you receive CalFresh: SSI: Social Security: or Social Security Disability. You must spend at least $10 of your own CalFresh or your own money to get $10 worth of Market Match vouchers. Vouchers are available only at the market. Not all farmers markets have the Market Match program: see list of participating markets
- Market Match is operated with funding from California Dept. of Food and Agriculture:First 5 LA: Archstone Foundation: and by private donations including from Hunger Action LA, Mar Vista Farmers Market, Griffith Park Neighborhood Council and East Hollywood Neighborhood Council (for the East Hollywood Farmers Market.)
- The Market Match program is not a government program and is subject to changes depending on funding available.
How Can You Support the Market Match Program?
- If you can give $10 each month you will be supporting one family’s Market Match vouchers for that month.
- Your contribution goes straight to the vouchers, as administrative funding is covered by other donors.
- Donate by PayPal, using our gateway for recurring donations visit our monthly_donation page.
The Program’s Goals: End Hunger: Promote Health: Boost the Economy: Protect the Environment
- End Hunger and Promote Health: improve low income peoples’ diets by enabling them to purchase healthier food they may not be able to afford.
- Boost the Economy and Protect the Environment: increase the amount of public benefit money that is earned by local California farmers growing fruits and vegetables, in the interest of promoting small, local agriculture using sustainable methods.
Results so far: Market Match has stimulated increased spending of public benefits (CalFresh) on healthier food. The Adams/Vermont, East LA, Gardena, Huntington Park and Long Beach Downtown markets reported increased CalFresh spending of 15% to 40% from 2012 to 2013. Over 6,000 Angelenos have been served by the program since 2011.
Background of the Program and Statement of Need:
The economy is forcing poor food choices leading to bad health: Nationwide 46 million Americans now use SNAP (the former food stamp program) benefits—about one in seven. With family budgets becoming tighter, however, it’s recognized that Americans’ diets are suffering as people are forced to choose affordable food rather than what is necessarily nutritious. Fruits and vegetables in particular are more expensive than other foods and likely to be passed over in favor of starchier, cheaper, more filling meals that may lack many essential vitamins and that may contribute to obesity. Obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease, all related to poor diet, are chief drivers of higher health care costs. The cost is exacerbated to the state when low income people who must be covered by state and county funding have to seek medical treatment.
Subsidies and incentives work: Studies show that subsidies encourage people to purchase more fruits and vegetables. Bonus coupons are one approach to getting people to eat healthy. Yale behavioral economist Dean Karlan explains: "So in the case of broccoli you'd want to find out who's not eating broccoli and then pay them to eat it," he says. You don't want to necessarily make broccoli cheaper for those who are already buying plenty of it.” (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=124610428 )
Nationwide, four foundations—Fair Food Network, Roots of Change, Wholesome Wave, and Market Umbrella are promoting farmers market incentive programs to address the issue of affordability of fresh produce. Wholesome Wave donated $100,000 to the City Heights Farmers’ Market in San Diego, which operated its own bonus program beginning in 2008, and also attracted startup money from San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts. In Michigan, Double Up Food Bucks now operates in 40 farmers’ markets around the state. This program was funded in 2011 by Fair Food Network using $3 million from a nationwide funder plus $1 million in matching grants.
Benefit to California Economy: The increased use of benefits for locally grown fruits and vegetables brings economic benefit to California farmers rather than sending the money out of state. Many area farmers reside and farm in Los Angeles County itself. The presence of farmers’ markets has also been shown by studies to help the economy of the surrounding area. Finally, the CalFresh program stimulates $9 in economic activity for every $5 in benefits spent.
Vision for Los Angeles County: The potential for a program like Market Match is enormous and helps address the economic recession and the health crisis caused by poor diet. Market Match is currently operating at 16 Los Angeles County markets, and a relatively small investment of $1 million could spur $1.7 million in area economic activity and combined with other endeavors, provide a concrete way of improving the diet of hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable county residents. There are 120 farmers markets in LA County, of which 40 accept CalFresh benefits. Bringing Market Match to the remaining 24 markets that accept CalFresh would be a wise investment in ending hunger, promoting health, boosting the economy, and protecting the environment.
In an age of budgets in billions, this is a small amount of money that can go a long way.