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efficiently to increase the capacity if we increase there will be a difficulty for the people to be food secure with the healthy diets and the need is just too great and as a community, if we are serious about addressing the food security we have to address this gap.
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>> it will be available through the providers and distributed to a broader set of people, not everybody is eligible and if you are eligible, many people are not enrolled and so we don't want that to be a barrier and we could use the existing networks, such as health providers and school counselors and certainly or other agencies like dos and hsa, we want to expand this beyond the farmer's, and beyond farmer's market as much as that provides, an accident source of food in our city. but we want to include the retail as well.
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we then drive the activity into the community and it benefits all, creating it. 19,000 do not have kitchens and which means that these people have no ability, relatively to little or no ability to actually store the food in the fridge and prepare the food in any way, except in a hot plate or a mike wave and that limits the option to prepare the food and they are certainly more expensive or putting more increased demand on the dining room. and if the people have the kitchens that will be the quality and be able to use the benefits or use a local
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supplement or even go to the food pantry. and with that, i would like to go back to dr. jones to talk about the next steps, thank you. >> thank you, terry. so now you have heard some bit about the report, and some of the data, and some of our high
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priority items. and i really just like to summarize the recommendation from the next steps and first of all it is full utilization of our federal nutrition program and especially cal fresh, which will generate the local economic activity and keep these dollars in the community and support the retail stores also and that is the non-profit partner's ability to meet the growing demand, coming from our residents. to purchase the food and to be able to increase the amount of housing with the kitchens and the ability to cook and this will reduce the demand of the free dining rooms these reports are available on-line at the address above, and we are available to take questions . >> we have a question by
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supervisor yee? >> thank you for the presentation. i have a few questions and i see the data in here, and with regard to the cal fresh and the food stamp program, where you are seeing that do you have a sense of where the people are living if you are going to go to the out reach? >> thank you for that, question. and it is a very good question, and we are fortunate to have our director of cal fresh in the room. and ferrill, and leo has been a family member of the food task force and he is currently the co-chair and i think that he would the best to talk about that. >> yeah. >> great, thank you.
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>> there are the people that are not accessing cal fresh, it is the food stamp program known nationally as subpoena mental nutrition assistance program. and really, they probably represent, in many ways, the same people who are accessing cal fresh, but they could be immigrants, seniors, homeless, people, with disabilities, and people who may be don't want to go through the hassle factor of accessing cal fresh and the people who remoteness, and would have been a part of the city where they will have to transfer from one bus line to another bus line to get to the office. >> the people who are unaware of the fact that over 500 new applicants a month are applying on-line, using my benefits cal wynn on-line portal that we introduced here in san francisco. about four years ago. and so there is a lot of ways
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that people can access cal fresh now and they can go to the office and they can apply on-line, and they can work with the partners at the san francisco food bank who has a monthly cal at ther on the website of different places around san francisco, where the people are going, but really what we are looking at at the department of human services, this winter is taking a fairly deep dive into our current caseload, and saying, which people are getting medical and getting healthcare benefits that are not accessing cal fresh but have income levels that would qualify them for cal fresh? >> and taking a look at the department of aging and adult services, or doss and saying, which seniors, who are getting benefits or accessing services where there is ihss or meals or other types of services, which of these seniors that we can reach out to? and working with our colleagues, at the cool district, and saying, you know,
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we have got the kids at the school district who are direct certified because they are getting cal fresh, but there is a bunch more kids at the school district, who their parents or guardians are applying for free meals. so we really need to take this kind of, comprehensive look, use some business intelligence, and some data, to kind of inform, them, where are the people, and then, where are the best ways, is it a bus advertising? and about cal fresh? is it promoting my benefits cal wynn more broadly, is it going to community-based organizations to churches and to senior center and getting right down into the community, to try to get this message out, and to get more flexion believe ways of people applying for cal fresh, and so we see it as a
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very important question, we don't really have the answer yet. but we are started to graplle with the way to get an answer and a method to reach those individuals. >> thank you for your answer and it seems like that you are thinking along the same lines as i was thinking in terms of where do we to the extensive out reach. and we will identify where they are and whether or not you want to go to the office, and apply on-line, and you are missing a lot of people that can't go to the office and can't apply on-line and so, also, thinking once she identifies geographically where they are and maybe we need to make an effort to have some out reach, and station, in those locations. and, as you are promoting it, so that it is easier for the people to get there.
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>> i agree with you, and i just like to show a chart to just kind of try to respond to supervisor mar's earlier question. and i don't know if you can see that, if the sfgov people can bring up that chart but this chart, is just showing a five year basically snapshot of cal fresh participation in san francisco, and these are cases but, what this chart really represents, is from september, to 2008 and which is arguably the beginning of the recession, through, september, 2013, we have seen this really incredible growth in our cal fresh caseload, and so some of the methods that we have been using have been successful, and we are looking to amplify on those methods, and i think that there is also the challenge of just, the inequity in our society where more and more people have less and less, and so there are more people maybe who are aging or immigrants or
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children. families who are going to be eligible. and so the department has been doing a lot of work, and i think that this slide, if there is 50 percent more, shows that there is a lot more work to do and we will be needing some resources to kind of tackle this enormous hunger issue. >> thank you. >> yeah, i just wanted to ask him, i wanted to thank you for that, aggressive out reach and thanks to supervisor yee for raising those questions, i did want to say that we have tremendous resources of the community based organizations with really cultural sensitivity and i know that one of the solutions proposed was expanding the partnerships that we have, with the seniors and disability and organizations and grassroots and sro. and kind of organizations as well. and i did want to say that i think that for any aggressive out reach, programs that it really does have to be that
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kind of partnership that builds off of it. and i want to ask, about seniors and disabled folks, and the gaps in nutrition services to them. and i know that and i wanted to thank you from hsa and what types of nutrition services do we need to promote more aging in place programs that will reduce the hospitalizations and readmissions and are there programs in place that we could expand upon? >> that is something that keeps us up at night, this population and we have an acquaintance from san francisco, for the meals on wheels in san francisco, who is also one of the founding members of the food security task force, she works in this area. and she is also on the long term chair coordinating council and i would like to ask her if
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she is able to come and speak to this question. >> there are three main things and i think that we can bring up that would support our seniors and disabled as well as promoting people aging in place. and which is something that most of us want to do, and it is also something that is part of the city's over all effort. and on the long term coordinating council, we did just put out a long term care integrative strategic plan that we will come to the supervisors to share with. just three programs that we
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could highlight are the hospital transition programs and how critical that is and i think that we have heard a lot about that and as we have through the healthcare reform. and we did start a year ago at san francisco transitional care program and so it is critical that they promote services like that and the nutrition services are included and so for the people transitioning out of the hospital you can get 14 days worth of meals, two meals a day, and meals on wheels is the vendor of that program but i think that is a lot of opportunity that we have not been able to help people with. and i think that there is also additional nutritional services dollars, and available in the healthcare sector. and another thing that we brought up today is expanding and the non-profit capacity. and so, even the programs of the people that are going to would be lunch sites that we see expanding those.
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>> there are wait list and we have made the incredible impact to reduce that wait list and we had a year ago the resources, and the private sector and on the public sector to bring that wait list down to a couple of weeks.
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>> there was a mention of community gardens but i was curious because people come up to me all of the time and ask, if i was sitting on the school board or even, now, being a supervisor, people are saying, what about the plot of land and what can we do and into the community garden. and i know that we have some throughout the city and any good information for me. and the colleagues may that we actually get a map of the community gardens may be and
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maybe overly with the spots
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>> and so whatever reason it is difficult to get the super markets in place for certain neighborhoods. and are there any strategies, around, that effort, we talk about the bigger super markets coming in there and is there a way to maybe reduce the size of things so that it is more manageable for people that are more local? to run these things? and other than the chains? >> and more than that the city, can help with some of the issues that challenges the
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super markets, and i think that one of the challenges for it and the city that it does not cost the smaller business that extra money and maybe they can make it then and i am just throwing out the ideas. >> thank you for those, and i think that they are both. >> i will speak to the urban agriculture piece and the food retail piece and some of our ideas around that. and some of the activities that are going on. in the program for the san francisco league of urban
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gardeners over a decade and a half ago, and these programs for teaching, and the teaching our children, and our residents, where the food is coming from, so it is really activate and it can make the space and promotes the neighborhood cohesion, and for the maps i believe that the park and rec department is which is now the lead, for the new urban agriculture will have those maps and they work very closely and have an inner agency working group on rolling out that program and it is the department of the environment is part of that group and the department of public health and planning and i do believe that we can get those maps to you and i will let them know after this. and i think that they are really definitely working on creating and getting the strategy to having the labors involved and one of the first high priorities is acting for the resource centers and i am sure, that we could get that
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program to give the board of supervisors an update on their activities, and i have just went to a meeting on it last week and so they are hiring for the coordinator and they already have their work planned for the year. when it comes to the food retail, i think that one of the challenges is just consolidation, in that sector in general, so we don't have a lot of independent operators of grocery stores, and i think that there has been a lot of work to attract them to the tender loin and to the bay view and hunters point and that is just one challenge that we don't have a lot of operators locally.
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>> you, thank you, dr. jones. i want to turn it over to public comment because i know that people have been waiting to speak. >> and i have a question about what is happening at the public schools and i see that my good friend keefe who is the director of policy and operations for the school district is here, and it is great to see you, and great public servant. and maybe she is talk about
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that. i enjoy this hearing and i think that it is great that the city is paying attention to this important issue and this is a huge priority to the supervisor and our board and the access to healthy nutrition meals is critical to academic achievement and you cannot disconnect dealing with the two. the supervisor of the board are very supportive of this and one of the initiatives that has occurred over the last year is that we rolled out and a new meal provider and we want to provide the meals that are nutrition, and attractive and appealing to the diverse student population and so that was one of the first steps that we took. we want all of the children to be eating three meals a day,
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and the breakfast participation is low at the moment and we are doing a lot of work to increase that. our board passed a resolution asking the staff to explore ways that the students would be able to allowed to eat breakfast in the classroom during the first period. and so >> a lot of facilities are old and we are looking to attract and because that will increase the participation for the students and also to create more, convenience, so providing more opportunity for students, especially at the high school level to be able to have multiple points at which they can pick up the lunch and rather than having to go to the cafeteria and we appreciate
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the support around the vending machines to supervisor weiner who has provided the support to help us increase the number of vending machines that are available. so on multiple domains we are working to increase the participation to make sure that the students are eating three meals a day because we believe that it is critical. >> thank you. >> and just a quick question, what happens in the summer? >> so, the summer, for the summer school, program that the district offers. we have a meal program. for that. which is a very limited number of students, the city through the department of youth and family services have a summer meal program that is currently how access to summer meals is available. >> great. >> thank you. >> so i will bring it over to supervisor mar so we can begin our public comment. >> we have a stack of cards here but before we start i wanted to thank the tender loin hunger task force for the report that was released in february and thank liz and ryan
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from the tender loin neighborhood development center and their work and also barbara and the food bank and meals on wheels. to see, bonina from saint anthonies, and monique from the tender loin hunger task force and paula jones for the important work. i also wanted to thank paul ash, the executive director of the food banks for being here as a resource and as well as and also kevin wing from project open hand and from saint anthony and rita the director of glide as well. now, for the translaters, i wanted to again, remind or to say that we have translation in chinese, spanish, tagalog and
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russian and i would ask if the staff from the services who are doing the translation to come forward and say in spanish, in tagalog and russian that they are available to translate the public comment. >> and also grace yee from the department of public health come forward and if you could make that announcement that you can translate. [ speaking in a foreign
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language ] >> i am going to call the names in groups of ten, one more, thank you. >> [ speaking in a foreign language ] >> come forward and i am suggesting that we line up on that side of the room. and from the saint anthony and,
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liz, development center, wiser from, and wita from glide. >> people will have two minutes to speak and there is a buzzer that goes off that you have a heads up that you have 30 seconds to go. >> thank you, supervisor and thank you for having us here today and my name is berry and i am the executive director of the foundation and it is for the last 63 years have been a
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gateway to stability and the poor in san francisco and i am here today to encourage you to consider one of these solutions that was proposed today and mainly the, and we do not accept the government funds and we are supported by the people who see the role in the community as being part of that network of support. and although, we think that it is important that the government does provide a safety net for the poor. and we appreciate support, and actually demand that your work in providing that safety net.