Los Angeles, CA – Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion authored by Chair Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District, and co-authored by Supervisor Janice Hahn to continue addressing food insecurity during the COVID-19 Delta variant surge:
“Underserved neighborhoods in the First District, which are predominately communities of color, have been some of the hardest hit by COVID-19, and also those suffering the most from sustained food insecurity,” shard Chair Solis. “Since the start of the pandemic, the County has remained committed to helping families put food on the table through nutrition programs like CalFresh. However, those efforts do not negate the need to continue free large-scale meal distributions ─ especially during this current COVID-19 surge. Thus, as the health crisis continues so too does the food insecurity the County has a responsibility to address because no one should go to bed hungry.”
Partnering with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, the County began hosting large-scale food distributions on a regular basis. Having hosted 153 distributions to date, nearly 225,000 households have been served 12.7 million pounds of food. At each distribution alone, between 200 and 2,000 households are served.
“I am proud of the work our County has done making sure families in need had access to good food during this crisis,” shared Supervisor Hahn. “Our economy is improving as we make progress fighting this pandemic, but there are still people who need help and we will not let them go hungry.”
The motion directs the County’s Chief Executive Office, working with the Food Equity Roundtable, to report back in 30 days with data regarding the utility of the County food distributions, recommendations based on the data regarding the need to continue the food distribution program, funding streams available for future food distributions, metrics to determine the length of the food distribution program, opportunities to improve the program, should it continue, and areas of highest need. The motion also states that in the interim, and to ensure continuity of services while the requested analysis is prepared, for food distributions to continue at a scale commensurate with attendance for 60 days.
To view the full motion, click here.