The People's Guide

35th Edition 2013-2014

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37 The People's Guide 2013-2014 Food COMMUNITY GARDENS You can save money and have nutritious food by growing some of your own veg- etables. You can garden in your yard, in containers, in school–yard projects, and in community gardens. There are over 85 community gardens in Los Angeles County. To find out where community garden space is available, or to get materials, seeds, and advice on gardening, call LACC Green Bank (213) 362-9000 x 201. Common Ground (323) 260-3348 FARM GROWN PRODUCE AT LOW COST Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) CSA connects people with farmers to purchase produce through shares and memberships. Local farmers offer an amount of "shares" to the public. The share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season. To find out more information visit http:// Community Services Unlimited (CSU) Farm Fresh Produce Bag Subscription Program Each week subscribers to the Farm Fresh Produce Bag program receive a bag filled with seasonal fruits, vegetables & herbs sourced from CSU's urban mini-farms and local farmers. Bags are picked up weekly at the Thursday Farm Stand at EXPO. For more information call 213.746.1216 or visit: SENIOR CONGREGATE MEALS Anyone age 60 and over can participate in congregate meal programs, regardless of income. Spouses of participants can also get meals, no matter what their age. There are about 200 sites for congregate meals throughout L.A. County. Some programs are able to provide transporta- tion to the meal site or can send meals home for people who are temporarily ill or homebound. You can get help to locate a program by calling (213) 738-4004 if you live any- where in the City or County of Los Angeles. Participants cannot be required to pay for meals. However, a contribution to help support the program is often suggested. Some group meal programs are authorized to accept food stamps. SENIOR FARMERS' MARKET NUTRITION PROGRAM The Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program provides low-income seniors with vouchers that can be used to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, honey and herbs at Certified Farmers' Markets (CFM). Some Senior Centers sites offer and dis- tribute these vouchers. Call (213) 738-4004 for a list of locations. MEALS FOR HOMEBOUND PERSONS Meals on Wheels groups deliver meals regularly to those who are homebound. Each group sets its own rules about how many meals will be served and about the days and times that meals are available. Most programs require some evidence that participants are unable to cook or shop due to illness, frailty, or disability. Some programs can provide for special diets. You cannot be required to pay for meals if the program is federally funded, but sponsor- ing groups will ask for a small contribu- tion. Some meals-on-wheels programs are authorized to accept food stamps. To find out about meals-on-wheels anywhere in Los Angeles County, call (213) 738-4004. Project Angel Food is a private agency that delivers free hot meals to homebound people with AIDS and other illnesses. They have same day service in Venice, East Los Angeles, Pasadena, North Hollywood, Silver Lake, and South Central. Call (323) 845-1800 for meals. Project Chicken Soup (PCS) prepares and delivers free, nutritious, kosher meals to people in the greater Los Angeles area living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses, and who are unable to prepare or access their own meals due to their health status. Anyone living outside the service delivery area may come to the kitchen to pick up meals. To apply visit: or call: 310-836-5402.

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