The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday to keep funding food distribution programs for at least the next 60 days, due to the surge of the COVID-19 Delta variant.
Supervisor Hilda Solis recommended maintaining food distribution programs that she estimates have already handed out 12.7 million pounds of food to nearly 225,000 households. Between 200 and 2,000 families have shown up to each of the 153 giveaways held to date by the county, she said.
“Underserved neighborhoods… 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,” Solis said.
“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,” she added.
Supervisor Janice Hahn co-authored the motion.
“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,” Hahn said.
Distributions will continue at a scale in line with attendance for at least the next 60 days, as staffers analyze the utility of the program, the case for ongoing support, the areas of highest need and related funding sources. That analysis is expected back in 30 days.
5 comments for "Food distribution programs prompted by COVID extended for 60 days"
They are only helping the ones that already get ebt. Why not HelP the ones that are actually exposing them selves everyday at work we dont get NOTHING IN RETURN. Thats bull crap the goverment is so lame just like its receiptients
Free Food says
These programs are open to everyone, not just EBT recipients… I volunteer for a dew in the AV and we welcome anyone that needs the help regardless of financial standing.
Manzulo Wilson says
Endless welfare state…..the money is better spent building more prisons….and throwing bums in it….starting with the vile Mr Scott……
Tim Scott says
lol…please explain the charges
Fortunately we do not live in a Manzulo totalitarian state where you get to just point at people and say “to the dungeons!” I know conservatism is a sort of living in the past, but you are going full out medieval times here. Freaking hilarious! Do you want to bring back widespread dysentery as well…nothing like the good old days of uncontrollable pooping, hey?
Republicans cost the state $376 million for that ridiculous recall election..
Why isn’t that a problem for ya?