Free Food Resources for Californians

Free Food Resources for Californians

Dear friends,

On behalf of Controller Ron Galperin, the Community Engagement team is proud to share our office’s updated Free Food in California map! Please click here to learn more about how this essential resource came to be.

L.A. Controller Ron Galperin just released this new statewide map of free food resources available to Californians. This is the only resource of its kind in California and shows more than 1,400 food banks, food pantries, emergency distribution centers, and other community resources providing free access to food across the state.

How to use the Free Food in California Map:
Users can find resources by typing their address into the search bar and choosing a search radius, or by clicking on a location near them on the map. Each dot on the map indicates the location of a separate resource site.

Users can click on a dot to view additional information including the name, address, and contact information. We recommend that anyone seeking assistance contact prospective sites before visiting to confirm hours and eligibility. Some locations may request that community members bring photo identification or other supporting documents when they visit.

Please reach out if you have any questions or feedback on the maps. Thank you as always for your engagement with the Controller’s office!

Tara Blagg

Community Engagement Aide
956-342-8215 (cell)

Virtual Community Meeting Hosted by LA County DPSS

Virtual Community Meeting Hosted by LA County DPSS

As an esteemed community partner uplifting our most vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 crisis, you have been selected to participate in a virtual community meeting hosted by Los Angeles County’s Department of Public Social Services (DPSS).

We invite you to join us at 1 p.m. on May 25 for a free overview presentation of DPSS’s programs. As the country’s largest public social services agency, DPSS administers CalFresh, Medi-Cal, General Relief, and welfare-to-work programs.

You can join our May 25 virtual meeting by clicking this link Microsoft Teams Meeting or by dialing 323-776-6996, with phone conference ID: 349 947 205#. If you require an accommodation to participate, please contact Rosa Santana at 562-908-8381 or by May 19.

Please join us to learn more about BenefitsCal, a new site where Californians can apply for CalFresh, Medi-Cal, and other forms of public assistance. For more information, visit:

Remember, May is CalFresh Awareness Month! The theme for year’s CalFresh Awareness Month is: CalFresh Plus – healthy food and more! Click here for CalFresh Awareness Month flyer.

With a CalFresh EBT card people can:
-Visit L.A. County’s museums and botanical gardens for free.
-Receive discounts on utility bills.
-Be eligible for METRO’s Low-Income Fare is Easy (LIFE) program.

CalFresh information flyers – click on desired language to download.

Rosa María Santana
Department of Public Social Services
Bureau of Special Operations
Communications Section
12860 Crossroads Parkway South
City of Industry, CA 91746
Cell: (213) 218-7386
Office: (562) 908-8381

Senior Emergency Meal Program

Senior Emergency Meal Program

Recently, the City launched an emergency supplemental meal program for older adults 60+ in light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible older adults can receive up to (2) FREE meals per day delivered to their homes up until June 2022.

– 60+ adults
– Must reside in the City of Los Angeles

Refer to the Senior Emergency Meals Hotline at: 213-202-5669

Meal Service:
– Once clients sign up, they will be added to the program the following week
– 7 meals in one box (some breakfast/lunch) delivered once per week
– New clients= 14 meals distributed 2x per week
– A robo call will be made to each client the day before delivery

Tammy Reese Williams
Los Angeles Department of Aging
AAA Nutritionist
Program Management Division

Short Doc & Community Dialogue Gathering

Short Doc & Community Dialogue Gathering

West Adams friends and neighbors – Join the Adams Blvd Safety Project – Short Doc & Community Dialogue Gathering

Get a bite to eat at the hosting venue Open Face Food Shop, engage with neighbors and friends, learn a few new things, and have a ‘lil fun as we strive forward co-creating safer and just streets in West Adams and beyond!!!

RSVP is required so that we can better prepare for the evening and the success for us all! Details are included in the below RSVP link!

Click here for event flyer.

Los Angeles Mayoral Candidate Forum on Affordable Housing and Homelessness

Los Angeles Mayoral Candidate Forum on Affordable Housing and Homelessness

How Will L.A.’s Next Mayor Shape Affordable Housing and Homelessness Policies?

The mayoral race in Los Angeles 2022 presents an important change in leadership that will impact the number one issue that voters have addressed: our homelessness and affordable housing crisis. This issue is at the top of the mind for a majority of Angelenos, and we want to see our local government act like it’s our most pressing crisis. SCANPH and Housing for a Stronger LA are convening a Mayoral Candidates Forum to engage in a dialogue with the candidates and to hear about their plans to ensure that every resident has a decent, safe, sustainable and affordable place to live.

Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Time: 10 am – 12 pm

Venue: Colburn School, Zipper Hall

200 Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Housers, let’s show the next mayor that the affordable housing community is a strong coalition that can’t be ignored, so we hope you’ll turn out and make our voices heard.

Moderator: Amber Sheikh, Chief Impact Officer & Owner, Sheikh/Impact

Featured Host Speaker and Emcee: Emily Martiniuk, Residents United Network (NUA) Advocate and Housing California’s 2019 Housing Advocate of the Year; LA Family Housing Resident

Confirmed Candidates

  • Rep. Karen Bass
  • City Attorney Mike Feuer
  • City Councilmember Joe Buscaino
  • Businessman Ramit Varma

*Candidates Rick Caruso and Kevin de Leon declined to participate.

Colburn School Los Angeles, CA

Zipper Hall, 200 Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Pandemic Guidelines: Masks required; vaccination status checks for all attendees.
Parking: Several parking lots are within a two-block radius; civic center metro station is a short walk away.

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