Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Wednesday event: Ribbon-cutting Ceremony for County Health and Nutrition Mobile Unit



                                    Contact:  Judy Hammond, Director of Public Affairs, (213) 974-1363

                                                Shirley Christensen, DPSS Special Assistant, (562) 908-8311



County Rolls Out Health and Nutrition Mobile Unit to Help Fight Hunger


Targets Non-Traditional Locations


Who:            Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, Department of Public Social Services Director Philip L. Browning , and Ron Galperin, chair of the L.A. Jewish Federation’s Up with Hunger Initiative


What:           Will participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the County’s new 34-foot Health and Nutrition Mobile Unit, which will be used to go into non-traditional locations to sign up residents to receive Food Stamps and Medi-Cal. The mobile unit will be at St. Joseph Center from 8 a.m.to 3 p.m., providing residents the opportunity to fill out Food Stamp and Medi-Cal applications and meet with an eligibility worker the same day.  Obtaining the mobile unit was made possible by the County Quality and Productivity Commission, which provided a grant and loan to DPSS through the Productivity Investment Fund.


When:         Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 9:45 a.m.


Where:        St. Joseph Center, 204 Hampton Drive, Venice


Why:             More than 300,000 individuals have been added to the Food Stamp Program in Los Angeles County since the recession began.  However, there are many more that are potentially eligible to receive the assistance, prompting the County to expand its outreach efforts.  Increasing participation in the program will allow the County to assist low-income residents, reducing their hunger, insecurity and related health problems.  As of August there were 941,140 residents in the County receiving Food Stamp benefits.





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