Anti-Hunger Advocates & WIC Come Together

The economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to affect low-income households that were already struggling with poverty and hunger before the health crisis. In just one week in June, nearly 2.7 million California residents did not have enough to eat, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey. This includes more than 1.36 million households with children. In Los Angeles County, 1 in 5 people struggled with food insecurity before the pandemic, and that number has since risen to 1 in 4 county residents.

On Monday, August 2, 2021, PHFE WIC’s 8th Street WIC office hosted Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America as part of an 8,000-mile coast-to-coast journey this summer to shine a light on the continuing national hunger crisis, to meet with those working on the front lines of hunger, and to advocate for long-term public policy solutions to food insecurity.

Anti-hunger advocates from PHFE WIC, Los Angeles Food Policy Council, Hunger Action Los Angeles-HALA, LA Food Bank, CalFresh, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, The Annenberg Foundation, Hollywood Food Coalition, the LA Mayor’s office, LA County Office of Sustainability spoke to the press and joined a round table discussion about the barriers to accessing available anti-hunger programs, and systemic solutions.

Systemic Solutions

The American Families Plan, if passed by Congress, would make a huge investment in low-income families and children and dramatically decrease child poverty and hunger.

The re-introduced HOPE Act Bill would allow for the creation of a streamlined system to make it easier for people to apply for and access benefits through a single portal.

“During the pandemic, people who were already poor and hungry became poorer and hungrier, and people who just at the edge of poverty in the lower middle class became hungry…As bad as things are, we have not had mass starvation… why? Because the federal safety net programs stepped up and dramatically expanded. Charities are important, but it’s the government safety net that stood between us and mass starvation in America.”
–Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America

Click here to view the livestream of the press conference.

Learn about the Home Visiting Family Support Program and enroll today!

Good news! The Home Visiting Family Support Program is now enrolling families. This program pairs you with a trained professional who provides pregnancy and parenting guidance, access to social services, job resources, and more!

Who is Eligible?

Pregnant and parenting women, low income families with children under the age of 5, and individuals receiving cash aid (CalWorks).

What is the program’s goal?

The Home Visiting Program’s goal is to provide support and expertise to help parents expand their parenting skills and access key resources for medical, mental health, and child development concerns. In addition, families will also receive resources such as housing, food, counseling services, and other services.      

How to enroll:

To enroll, please call (213) 639-6436 or (800) 427-8700 (Press 4, Option 2)

Happy Anniversary to WIC Online Breastfeeding Support Groups

One year ago, WIC’s monthly breastfeeding support groups transitioned to an online platform to keep WIC participants safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. These meetings help parents navigate the challenges and successes of breastfeeding, and have been invaluable to families who have not been able to have hands-on support during this trying time.

Online breastfeeding support groups have been successful in six different languages: English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, and Armenian. They help families across all of these languages ease into parenthood and breastfeeding by holding space for parents to ask questions and share their experiences. Parents learn from one another through their own stories, while they lean on International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) and WIC nutritionists for additional guidance.

Parents have shared that online support groups are easier to attend because they do not have to travel, and they have been particularly beneficial throughout this last year while home visitations were difficult.

The support group helped me learn how to position my baby at the breast to latch so I could still learn to breastfeed even when no one could give me one-on-one help because of COVID.

Danielle, PHFE WIC Participant

Are you pregnant or breastfeeding? Click here to learn how to join a group!

Thank you breastfeeding support group WIC staff for hosting these online support groups, and for continuously providing the best care to WIC families!