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FACT Food Access Coalition Team. Food Insecurity. Los Angeles More than 1 in 4 households experience Food Insecurity 2002-2003 LA County Health Survey 27.9% Income Adults are Food Insecure California Health Interview Survey 2005

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food insecurity
Food Insecurity
  • Los Angeles
    • More than 1 in 4 households experience Food Insecurity2002-2003 LA County Health Survey
    • 27.9% Income Adults are Food Insecure California Health Interview Survey 2005
  • Families with the lowest incomes are at greatest risk for food insecurity and obesity
food insecurity1
Food Insecurity
  • Definition
    • Limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods, or
    • Limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways
  • California
    • Approx. 2.5 million low-income adults can not afford adequate food

California Food Policy Advocates

Shared Tables, Shared Struggles: The Impact of Adult Food

Insecurity on Families in California

November 2007


What you can make with the contents of BAG 2:

    • 6 servings of chicken stir-fry
    • Orange juice: 6¢ / ounce
    • 4 puddings, 35¢ each
    • 12 servings of chicken soup
    • 12 servings of chili
    • 8 servings of hamburger/noodles
    • ~50 homemade biscuits
  • What you can make with the contents of BAG 1:
    • 2 servings of stir-fry
    • Orange juice: 13¢ / ounce
    • 4 Puddings, 49¢ each
    • 2 servings of chicken soup
    • 2 servings of chili
    • 5 servings of Hamburger Helper
    • 10 biscuits
talking points
Talking Points
  • Talking Points for Eating Right When Money is Tight!
  • Choosing healthy foods that fit within your family budget takes a little extra time and planning. (See Be a Wise Shopper Sheet).
  • Strive to get half your daily grain intake from whole grains. Whole grains help reduce risk of heart disease and other chronic diseases by providing dietary fiber. When choosing grain products, select those with the words “whole grain” at the top of the ingredient list. A good example would be to substitute brown rice for white rice. Look for value-sized packages of whole grain products, and always check the discount rack for deals on products to be used or frozen within the coming days.
  • Fruits & vegetables and are a good source of many essential vitamins, minerals and fiber, which can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Fresh, frozen and canned fruits and veggies all count towards meeting your intake goals. For canned vegetables, no salt-added is the best choice. For canned fruits, choose those in juice or water NOT in syrups. To keep costs down, buy fruits & veggies that are in season, and consider freezing or canning to use in the coming months.
  • When choosing dairy products, choose fat-free or low-fat versions of milks, cheeses and yogurts, which usually cost exactly the same as those with more fat. Consuming dairy products provide the nutrients needed for bone health and choosing low-fat versions help keep saturated fat and cholesterol intake low.
  • Select meat cuts and ground meats that are low in fat to keep saturated fat and cholesterol intake low. Lower fat meat products may cost slightly more, so consider decreasing the portion size slightly and replacing it with more veggies! Always be sure to trim fat from meat and remove poultry skin before cooking or eating. Drain fat from ground meat after cooking and choose cooking methods that do not add fat, such as grilling, broiling, poaching, or roasting. Consider dry beans and peas as an alternative to meat or poultry. Mixed-dishes that typically use meat can be just as tasty, lower in fat, and cost less if prepared as a veggie or meat-less version. (i.e. casseroles, chili, soups, tacos, etc.)
  • Fat is essential to provide fatty acids and vitamin E, but fats and oils are high in calories. Be sure to choose most fats from sources of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, such as vegetable oils like canola, olive, peanut, soybean, corn, safflower, and sunflower oil. Substitute vegetable oils for solid fats like butter, stick margarine, shortening, or lard. Also, select products that are lowest in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol to help reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • Choose and prepare foods and beverages with little added sugars or caloric sweeteners. Limit sweet snacks and desserts, select unsweetened cereals, choose canned fruits in 100% juice or water instead of syrup.
  • To keep costs and calories down, and to stay hydrated during the hot LA summers: fill re-usable water bottles with tap water instead of choosing high calorie sugar sweetened beverages like sodas or sports drinks. If you choose to drink alcohol, consume it in moderation.
  • Choose and prepare foods with little salt to reduce the risk for hypertension. Many pre-packaged meals, frozen dinners, canned soups, cereals, breads, cheeses dressings and sauces can be high in sodium, so be sure to read the nutrition label and choose those with no added salt or that say “low in sodium”
what is the foodbank
What is the Foodbank?

The Los Angeles Regional Foodbank is a private, non-profit, charitable organization that obtains millions of pounds of surplus food that would otherwise go to waste and channels it to hundreds of thousands of hungry and needy people throughout Los Angeles County.

Helping to Feed the Hungry of Los Angeles County since 1973

how does the foodbank work
How does the Foodbank Work?

Over 1,000,000 Children, Seniors and Working Families at risk of going hungry in Los Angeles County

Food Manufacturers

Food Pantries


Soup Kitchens

Feeding America

Children’s Feeding Programs

Donations are sorted and stored at the Foodbank

Supermarket Retailers

Over 1,000 Agency sites receive food from the Foodbank

Thos in need receive the food through pantries, soup kitchens and shelters and other agencies

Our fleet of trucks pick up donations:

the panty locator
The Panty Locator
  • Go to www.lafoodbank.org
  • On the right of the web page find the box that says, “Need Food”
  • Type in the zip/postal code or select a city and click on “go”
  • A list of pantries closest to that location will appear
Boys & Girls Club of Venice

Boys & Girls Club of Pomona Valley

La Villa Mariposa

Casa Loma

Central City Neighborhood Partners

Boys & Girls Club of San Pedro

Boys & Girls Club of Carson

Boys & Girls Club of Wilmington

Port of Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club

All Peoples Christian Center

Salvation Army of South LA

Out Saviour Center

Project Access Resource Center

Center for Life Long Learners

Salesian Boys & Girls Club

Salesian Family Youth Center

Boys & Girls Club of San Fernando Valley

Boys & Girls Club of West Valley

Boys & Girls Club of Harbor Gateway

Boys & Girls Club of Harbor City

Lifelong Learning Center Boys & Girls Club – Dana Strand

Para Los Ninos

Normont Terrace Community Council

Boys & Girls Club of Whittier

New Horizons Family Center

Estrada Courts Community Center

Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica – Main Branch

Summer Food Service Program(Provide meals during the summer and after school snacks during the school year for children 5 - 18)
food stamps snap
Food Stamps = SNAP

California Food Policy Advocates ww.cfpa.net 213-482-8200

where can i get food
Where can I get food?

SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

  • Most grocery stores, Rite Aid, etc.
  • Many farmers markets.
  • Some restaurants in Los Angeles,

Santa Clara, and San Francisco.

  • Shelters can accept as part of payment.
  • SNAP=Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
  • EBT Card.
  • 40 Million Americans now receive benefits.

California Food Policy Advocates - www.cfpa.net - 213-482-8200

monthly income limits benefits
Monthly Income Limits & Benefits

# of people Gross Net in household income limit income limit

1 $1,174 $ 903 2 1,579 1,215 3 1,984 1,526 4 2,389 1,838 5 2,794 2,150 6 3,200 2,461 7 3,605 2,773 Each additional : +406 +312

  • # of people Maximum monthly benefit
  • in household
        • 1 $200
    • 2 367
    • 3 526
    • 4 668
    • 5 793
    • 6 952
    • 7 1,052
    • 8 1,202
  • Each additional person... +150

California Food Policy Advocates - www.cfpa.net - 213-482-8200

what documents do you need
What documents do you need?
  • ID
  • Social Security card or number.
  • Proof of income.
  • Bank statements.
  • Rent receipt (Including any time you pay for shelter).
  • Utility bills.

Where to apply?

  • County DPSS or DSS office.
  • Outreach programs in some counties.
  • http://www.ladpss.org/new_portal/dpss_foodstamps.cfm

California Food Policy Advocates - www.cfpa.net - 213-482-8200

other free and low cost food
Other Free and Low Cost Food
  • For Youth: School breakfast and lunch.
  • Child and Adult Care Food Program.
  • Summer lunch.
  • Pantries.

California Food Policy Advocates - www.cfpa.net - 213-482-8200

fresh food access guide uepi occidental college
Fresh Food Access GuideUEPI – Occidental College
  • General nutrition information
  • LA County farmers’ markets including EBT and WIC
  • LA County community gardens
  • Gardening at home
  • School food lunch program and healthy school food programs
  • Food assistance programs
fresh food access guide1
Fresh Food Access Guide
  • Print PDF files from online websites
  • Order large quantities through UEPI
  • Online: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/nut/ lacollab/LACollabSubcommittees-FACT1.htm




  • Large order inquiries direct to: shaffer@oxy.edu
fresh food access guide2
Fresh Food Access Guide

Please contact for more information:

Zoe Phillips

UEPI- Occidental College

phillipsz@oxy.edu or 323-341-5098

university of california cooperative extension
University of California Cooperative Extension

Adult & Youth Nutrition Education Programs:

  • Programs offered through the Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program (FSNEP) & the Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)
  • Program priorities:
    • Help families with limited resources acquire the knowledge, skills, attitude and behavior to make healthier food choices
    • Teach families with limited resources how to stretch their food dollar
    • Train teachers to deliver nutrition education in the classroom
university of california cooperative extension food stamp nutrition education program

Food Stamp Eligible adults receive nutrition education classes to help make healthier food choices on a limited budget

Participants receive nutrition education through one-time mini-workshops or a series of nutrition classes (up to 6)

Classes available in English & Spanish

University of California Cooperative ExtensionFood Stamp Nutrition Education Program
university of california cooperative extension food stamp nutrition education program fsnep
University of California Cooperative ExtensionFood Stamp Nutrition Education Program(FSNEP)


  • Making Every Dollar Count handouts:
    • 26 Ways to Save Money
    • Budgeting Basics
    • Eat Well For Less
    • Food Shopping Problems and Solutions
    • Spending More than you Should
  • Interactive Website in English and Spanish: http://makingeverydollarcount.ucr.edu/
university of california cooperative extension expanded food nutrition education program efnep
University of California Cooperative ExtensionExpanded Food & Nutrition Education Program(EFNEP)
  • Free nutrition education classes available for limited resource families with young children
  • Trained nutrition educators use research-based curriculum to teach participants the main messages of the Dietary Guidelines and MyPyramid through an 8-week series of classes
  • Participants learn how to adopt healthy lifestyle practices
  • Classes are available in Spanish, English, Chinese and Vietnamese
university of california cooperative extension youth efnep fsnep
University of California Cooperative ExtensionYouth EFNEP & FSNEP
  • Teachers, program leaders and other extenders are trained to deliver nutrition education to youth audiences (grades pre-k through 12)
  • Schools and community programs are targeted that have large numbers of youth from food stamp-eligible (SNAP-eligible) households
  • Nutrition education curricula is research-based and provided free-of-charge to educators along with training and on-going support throughout the school year
head start
  • National program that promotes school readiness to low-income families
  • Provides educational, health, nutritional, social, mental health and other services to enrolled children and families
  • Services pregnant mothers and children birth to 5 years of age
  • Promotes healthy prenatal outcomes
  • Enhances the development of infants and toddlers
  • Promotes healthy family functioning
funding source
Funding Source

Head Start Act

U.S. Dept. of Health Human Services

Administration for Children and Families

Head Start Grantee

Delegate Agency


Operates the largest Head Start/Early Head Start program in the nation

  • Contracts with 28 agencies
  • Services over 24,000 women, infants, toddlers, and children in Los Angeles County

Making Meals Matter For Your Young Child & Your School-Age Child - Guidance and practical information about feeding their children - The basics of preparing healthy meals and snacks - Free 8 page booklets available in English & in Spanish

Preschoolers ages 2-5

School-age 6 years through 12 years

pregnancy a special time for nutrition the calcium connection booklets
Pregnancy- A Special Time For Nutrition & The Calcium Connection Booklets

Provides pregnant and lactating women with:

helpful information about nutrition

appropriate weight gain

physical activity

breast feeding and postpartum recommendations.

Covers throughout the female life cycle with:

age-specific information about the wide range of calcium's health benefits

from bone health

to a likely role in weight management.

activity eating small steps to a healthier you
Activity & Eating – Small Steps to a Healthier You

This eight-page booklet helps adults understand the essential connection between being physically active, making healthful food choices and maintaining long-term good health.


“WIC-Friendly Recipes” Online Cookbook

On Dairy Council of California’s Meal Matter Website:



Order your FREE nutrition education materials:

      • Call toll free
      • Go to our website
      • Fax the order form on the next slide




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