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The Jewish Federation Unveils Blueprint to End Hunger in Los Angeles
Date:11/20/2009

more than ever, we have a responsibility to help each other meet our basic needs."

The Blueprint, written by The Jewish Federation, in consultation with leading anti-hunger organizations from across Los Angeles, including MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, dovetails with the Obama Administration's pledge to end childhood hunger by 2015 and will serve as a model nationwide. A copy of the Blueprint will be available online at www.FedUpWithHunger.org and clicking on the "Advocate" tab.

The Blueprint outlines the ways local officials will work together to reverse some of the alarming statistics associated with this ever-worsening problem:

  • Local food pantries are seeing a 50% increase in clients.
  • More than 50 % of the people who are eligible for entitlement programs such as Food Stamps do not receive them.
  • Only 10% percent of people who are going hungry everyday in Los Angeles are part of the homeless population.
  • 50% of L.A. County seniors do not have enough money to buy adequate food.
  • 25% of children in L.A. County are food insecure.

In response to this unconscionable, yet fixable crisis, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles launched Fed Up with Hunger in September, an initiative aimed at ensuring that the county's entire population has enough to eat. The Blueprint to End Hunger in Los Angeles is a key component of that initiative, as is a new Web site that offers information to people in need and people who want to become volunteers and advocates: www.fedupwithhunger.org.

A panel discussion with activists and hunger leaders will immediately follow the press conference at 9 a.m. to discuss how to best implement the Blueprint's anti-hunger objectives.


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