February 11, 2019
- Tell the Trump Administration It’s Unacceptable to Take Food Away from Struggling Workers and Families: Due April 2
- Killing Ourselves to Live Part One:
a. Trump Admin Rolls Back Payday Lender Restrictions
b. Sign the Petition for One Fair Wage for Restaurant Workers
- Killing Ourselves to Live Part Two:
a. Insect Extinction Threatens Human Civilization
b. Cancers Related to Obesity Rise Among Younger People
- Groups Giving Food in Public Must Register and Pay Fee Under New Law
Help Blind/Low-Vision Shoppers Enjoy The Farmers Market
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING DATE CHANGE:
Hi all—Due to impending rain on Sunday, we are rescheduling the Blind and Low Vision Shoppers Day (Atwater) for February 24 (the next Sunday after)
Still on for March 23 (Crenshaw).
—Thanks everyone! Last updated: 021519
Next 2 Dates:
- RSVP Sunday February 17 February 24 @ Atwater Village Farmers Market
- RSVP Saturday March 23 @ Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Farmers Market
Thanks again to those of you who have volunteered in the past for the Blind Low Vision program!
We're getting past the holidays, the rain, and illness among some of the organizers and ready to go for 2019. We're hoping to be able to schedule 2 or 3 monthly dates in advance each time so we can keep you better advised of the events coming up.
Here are some reminders to ensure that you are prepared for the day:
- Bring a signed copy of the liability waiver (You can also sign one at the market)
- Volunteer guides will need to provide their own transportation
What we'll be doing:
- Guiding blind or low vision shoppers around the market. Need outgoing people who love to converse! Also people who are patient and can describe to the shoppers the foods they're encountering
- We anticipate staying from 9:30 am until probably 1 pm, at either market: You may have shoppers who wish to go for longer than that. Let me know how long you'd be available
- WE also need drivers. You can be both a guide and a driver if you like. The drivers are there to take the shoppers home from the market. They do not need to bring them TO the market. Most of the shoppers will take ACCESS. However, it's hard to go home by ACCESS since you need to give precise time and pick up point or risk being abandoned.
Since we want this to be a relaxing day for the shoppers, we have volunteers to drive them home. If you volunteer to drive we will be finding out the addresses of all the shoppers in advance and then alert all the volunteers to those potential addresses, BEFORE the day of the market (though it is often by email at night.) If you volunteer to drive you would then just let us know who lives in a convenient route home for you. Most of the shoppers will not live too far from the Crenshaw area but a few are further out such as the Valley, West LA, and one person will have to be taken to Union Station to go back to Riverside.
Our itinerary for BLV Market Days are outlined as follows:
- 9:30 AM Arrival at the farmers market February 17 February 24 (Atwater) or March 23 (Crenshaw) Markets don't actually open until 10 but it takes us time to collect people.
- 10:15 AM Breakfast/Orientation—this is where volunteers will match up with shoppers
- 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Shopping/Eating
- 12:30 PM – 1 PM Take shoppers home (Unless some make particular arrangements to stay later with the volunteer)
- We will have fresh, good, not expired snacks and water for volunteers as well as shoppers.
- Shoppers will also receive $10 market money
- Along with helping guide shoppers around the farmers markets, we are also in need of drivers to take shoppers home afterwards.
- Drivers must have a valid license, insurance, and sign a waiver.
- We had several drivers at our last event and both our volunteers and shoppers had a lot of fun!
* PLEASE NOTE: Blind/Low-Vision Atwater Farmers Market DATE HAS CHANGED.
It is now Feb 24 due to rain.
Sunday February 17 February 24: Atwater Village Farmers Market
3528 Larga Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039 in Public Parking Lot 646
Saturday March 23: Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Farmers Market
3650 West MLK BLvd LA CA 90008
Look for the Promenade of the Rave Cinemas at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.
If you have any questions or need directions on the day of the event, please call Frank Tamborello, the Director of Hunger Action LA at (213) 361-2075.
Page last updated: 021519
November 20th, 2018:
Please mark your calendar for a week from today—Giving Tuesday. HALA will be again asking your help with donations to keep the SSI Market Match program going to help vulnerable seniors and people with disabilities access great fresh food until they can get CalFresh beginning next summer! Please consider a 5,10,20 or 40 $ donation at: https://www.give65.org/freshfood
- Help Fire Victims by Bringing Items to Donate to Mar Vista FM
- Farmworkers Again Have to Work Through Fires
- Send Comments to Oppose New Public Charge Rules Proposed for Immigrants—Deadline December 10
- Change in House Ups Pressure to Pass Farm Bill Before End of Year—Fire Prevention and Food Assistance Both In The Bill
- Update on New SSI Eligibility for CalFresh
- Next Blind and Low Vision Shoppers Day December 1st, Crenshaw Farmers Market
- How Trade Wars and Surplus Production Have Impacted Farming in Recent Months
- A Guide to Assist Homeless and Low Income Students
November 1st, 2018:
If you haven’t already please get your tickets for the Hunger Action LA annual awards and dinner! This year we’re honoring legendary organizer and activist Nancy Berlin; Santa Monica Farmers Market and food justice pioneer Laura Avery; and community activist Steven Echor. More information and tickets at www.hungeractionla.org/dinnerandawards PS—auction items include one of the first 16 X 20 photos of LeBron James in a Lakers jersey
- Send Comments to Oppose New Public Charge Rules Proposed for Immigrants: Join Day of Action Saturday Nov 10!
- Can Congress Manage to Pass A Farm Bill by Christmas?
- Update on new SSI Eligibility for CalFresh
- Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Drafts Guidance for How Cities Manage Unsheltered Homelessness: Public Comment Needed by November 2
- Next Blind and Low Vision Shoppers Day December 1, Crenshaw Farmers Market
October 10th, 2018Read more
September 24, 2018: Multiple Challenges to Ending Hunger as Trump Administration Attacks Needy Immigrants With New Public Charge Proposals
September 24, 2018: Just this past weekend, the Trump administration introduced something they’ve threatened since early last year: their proposal for new rules to change the guidance for “Public Charge.” If these new proposed rules were passed, it would mean that many immigrant families lawfully present here may drop out of programs they need such as CalFresh because their receipt of these benefits may be used against them later as they try to upgrade their immigration status. (It’s important to remember these rules have a long way to go before being finalized and going into effect, and could change drastically, especially if we all comment on them.)
At the same time, our California Governor signed AB 2178, which would make groups doing voluntary, charitable provision of food, for free, to poor people, a crime unless groups registered and paid a fee to the local county health agency.
That kind of food provision would be one of the only avenues open to immigrant families who would avoid government food assistance (if the proposed Public Charge rules pass.) Federal and state government will have issued a double blow against people who want to end hunger.
Again, please remember the new anti-immigrant rules have not been approved yet they have to be officially published first, and after that would follow a period of 60 days in which we the people can flood them with comments. We do expect this to happen very soon though. Be ready with your comments! More details below.
- Trump Administration Attacks Needy Immigrants With New Public Charge Proposals
- Governor Signs Bill Requiring Volunteer Groups Feeding Hungry People to Register and Pay Fees: AB 2178
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.Read more