Los Angeles Regional Food Bank Policy Update
What we do
The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank’s mission is to mobilize resources to fight hunger in our community. There are federal, state and local programs that we access in order to accomplish this goal. The Food Bank regularly communicates with our representatives to ensure that they understand the problem of hunger in their respective districts, know what we do, and understand how we can partner to address hunger in Los Angeles. We also belong to a variety of coalitions that work towards these goals.
-Supporting legislation and policies that reduces hunger.
-Adequate funding and good administrative policies for CalFresh/SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, previously called Food Stamps). This program offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities.
-Adequate funding and good administrative policies for TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program). Through this program, the Food Bank distributes USDA commodities to food pantries and other distribution sites provide grocery bags of food to low-income families and individuals based on income guidelines.
-Adequate funding and good administrative policies for CSFP (Commodity Supplemental Food Program). This program works to improve the health of low-income elderly people at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA Foods.
-Adequate funding and good administrative policies for CACFP (Child and Adult Care Food Program, also called the Kids Café program). This program addresses the needs for both proper nutrition and quality day and after school care in low-income communities. At each Kids Cafe site, healthy meals and snacks are served to needy children in a safe, nurturing environment.
-Regulations that allow food pantries to distribute food (within safety standards).
How to get involved
Contact us to receive updates and opportunities for action.
Need more info?
For additional questions and to find out how you can be involved, please contact Jessica Jones Greenholt at [email protected]
Also check out these helpful websites
Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)
California Food Policy Advocates (CFPA)
Western Center on Law and Poverty (WCLP)