The LA County Board of Supervisors approved a motion to address food insecurity in LA County through the creation of a Food Equity Roundtable, which will include the Annenberg Foundation as part of a group of philanthropic and other community stakeholders. The motion, authored by Supervisor Janice Hahn and co-authored by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, instructs the County’s Chief Sustainability Office to plan and implement actions to combat (and ultimately end) the problem of food insecurity. From the announcement:
Today’s motion directs the CEO’s Chief Sustainability Office to adopt the report’s recommendations and create the Food Equity Roundtable. The Roundtable will be tasked with giving semi-annual updates to the Board of Supervisors with policy recommendations, grant opportunities, and data on food needs and resources (including an examination of food inequities across the County) – all with the goal of ending food insecurity in LA County.
“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and before, the ongoing visuals and reports of thousands of Angelenos waiting in long lines for food has shocked and saddened all of us,” said Wallis Annenberg, Chairman, President and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation, “Tackling this problem will require all of our energy now and long after the pandemic. Today’s effort moves us in the right direction – a community where no person goes hungry.
Read the full press release via Supervisor Janice Hahn.