Appoint a Food Security Czar for Los Angeles

Appoint a Food Security Czar for Los Angeles

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COVID-19 has challenged our city in many ways, including our access to food. "Food insecurity" has entered the wider vocabulary, but it is not a new problem. In 2015, UCLA found that 2 million individuals in Los Angeles County were experiencing food insecurity. It largely went unnoticed in LA, a city with a rich and varied dining culture, extravagant grocery stores, and abundant farmland stretching around us from Northern California to Central America. The pandemic and economic collapse has made food insecurity more tangible. In a recent report, USC estimated that over 28% of LA County households were food insecure in April/May 2020. 

We believe that no one should go to bed hungry in our city. 

We need to collectively state this goal and work towards it. There are a multitude of non-profit organizations, restaurants, County programs, and community groups already at work to feed our neighbors. The City of Los Angeles needs to join in and support them in a meaningful and strategic way. With a staff liaison in City Hall, these local efforts could achieve a wider impact and be connected to the resources of various city departments. We, the undersigned, call Mayor Eric Garcetti to appoint a Food Security Czar to help coordinate resources to solve the problem of hunger in Los Angeles. An entire department would be appropriate for the size of this task, but the status quo of zero staff in City Hall assigned to this problem is unacceptable. 

Mayor Garcetti, food is as "Back to Basics" as you can get. Follow the example of New York City and help our city strategize food aid. Let's rise to this challenge together. 

Jes McBride, Open Silo

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