Aug 05

More Free Food in Hollywood For Those in Need

Programs for Seniors and Others in Need

Last Saturday Every Month –  Senior Lunch

Ambrose and Vermont Ave. (Just south of Los Feliz), Hollywood.  The Church there serves a hot lunch for seniors at 11 am.  Good food according to seniors who have been there.

2nd and 4th Saturdays – Free Breakfast

ST. THOMAS THE APOSTLE CHURCH

7501 Hollywood Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90046

(323) 876-2102

Free breakfast every 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month from 8:00 am to 9:00 am. Also offers counseling and referrals.

 

 

 

Aug 04

Free Food in Hollywood

Hot Food Every Day at Sycamore and Romaine

Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition Feeds the Hungry

Hollywood food coalition

From their website:

Every night between 6:15 and 7:30 a community comes together at the barren street corner of Sycamore and Romaine, along the border of Hollywood and West Hollywood. On the one hand – on one side of the table – are the volunteers of The Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition, a broad-based grass-roots organization which for the past 25 years has served a hot, fresh, and nutritious meal every night to the homeless and hungry. On the other hand are between 150 and 200 men and women who have somehow or other fallen through the cracks, and for whom the meal they are about to eat, sumptuous as it is, might well be the only meal they have all day. The GWHFC is comprised of actors, producers, writers, artists, teachers, journalists, lawyers, housewives, and a corps of former “clients” who have all had a strong desire to give back by volunteering in Los Angeles. Serving a meal to the “homeless and hungry” is the smallest part of what we do. We meet them on their own turf, talk to them, and listen. We get to know them as individuals, and, little by little, in all kinds of ways, we then help them to think better of themselves and to not be shy about asking for specific, practical help – which the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition, entirely unsystematically, then tries to provide. All together, volunteers and homeless, form a kind of microcosm of what the larger community ought to be, but now, in the big city, is no longer. The motto of the GWHFC is simply this (with no religious strings attached): I Am My Brother’s Keeper.

Their website is:  www.gwhfc.org

 

 

Aug 04

New Food Meals in San Fernando Valley

New Friends Homeless Centers Now Open

Hot plate

Every Tuesday Night 6:30 – 8pm

Note: No Early Arrivals. Free hot meal and dessert to anyone in need.

Location: St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Fellowship Hall, 17114 Ventura Blvd., Encino.

Every Friday Night 6:30 – 8pm

Note: No Early Arrivals.  Free Hot Meal and dessert.

Location: United Methodist Church, 5650 Shoup Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91367.  Go North on Shoup just above Burbank Blvd., to Collins St.  The church is on the corner, but take a right and  go in to Fellowship Hall, actually on Collins

Jun 21

Make Your Own Candy Bars

New Book Shows You How To Make Yummy Candy Bars At Home (or in Your RV)

Skylight Books in Hollywood hosted the two authors of a new book “Hand-Crafted Candy Bars.” Susie Norris and Susan Heeger presented an evening of candy bar tasting that had the audience in high spirits. Like a wine-tasting, first a store bought candy bar like Snickers was served, then water to clean the palette, then pieces of home made Snickers type candy, concocted with a high grade chocolate and better ingredients, all without the preservatives and wax used in commercial bars. You can watch the entire event by clicking here: Candy Bars,

Or, watch the embedded version below.  Skylight books in Hollywood still has signed copies of the book, www.skylightbooks.com.

Check out Sylight Books in Hollywood, click here: Skylight Books,

 

Feb 05

565 Agencies on Waiting List To Join L.A. Food Bank

An Incredible Number of Agencies In Los Angeles County Waiting For Food

U.S. Government Policy Has Led To Catostrophic Consequences As Food Supplies Tighten Across the Country – Inflation Could Now Destroy What Is Left of the Middle Class

How is it possible, you say?  This great, once bountiful country, now becoming mired in a continuing food crises threatening to collapse the middle class.  Let’s go back in time a few years. America had a huge food surplus – we had a Strategic Food Reserve.  This was abandoned and the government started a policy of paying people to NOT grow food.  Big farmers and corporations raked in millions DOING NOTHING.  Our wheat surplus was shipped to Russia and China, compliments of the US taxpayers.  Now we have hundreds of charities – 565 according to the L.A. Food Bank – waiting for food for their hungry wards.  This situation may be getting worse due to drought, climate change and other natural disasters.  It is also estimated that in other parts of the world something like 100 million people are starving,  Go to www.YardEats.com website for an analysis of Strategic Food Reserves and comments on the food shortages and what needs to be done.

Jan 15

Nomadic Food Farms In Pick-Up Trucks

Bucket Gardens are Perfect For Nomads and Tribes

New Concepts To Carry Your Food Farm With You

The Gypsy Cool Way To Farm

New concepts in growing food in “bucket gardens” is totally relevant to today’s nomads.  The discovery of growing food in buckets is not that new, but using the 2 bucket system means that your entire food farm is portable.  Let’s face it, we need water and sunshine to grow food. With the 2 bucket system an entire food garden could be loaded on the back of a pick-up truck.  The truck becomes the farm.  A tribe or extended family might have several vehicles in their caravan and the addition of a pick-up truck means that their garden moves with them.

Let’s take a small tribe, anywhere in the world, but this is written for the Gypsies of the New Millennium right here in America.  You may have several vehicles in your nomadic caravan.  Maybe a couple of RVs, a few cars, a couple vans.  In the hot summers you want to move to cooler climes.  Why burn up in Arizona when you can go north to a nicer, more mellow climate for the summer?  If you get a pick-up truck or a small flat-bed type vehicle, you can outfit it as a mobile garden.  Plants don’t like to necessarily get moved a lot, but you are in your spring encampment in the southwest and it is starting to get hot.  Your bucket garden is all planted and hooked up with the self-watering system that we will refer you to.  The self-watering system means that you don’t have to even bother watering every day with this simple gravity system that connects a hose to all of your food buckets.  Summer is around the corner, and the tribe is set to move north to some cooler digs, say Utah or Northern California. The tribe moves out, the portable farm in the bed of the pick-up truck goes with the caravan, no problem.  When you get to the new spot up north for the summer, just make sure the buckets are secure, have water, and get a lot of sunshine where you park your pick-up truck.

The great thing about the 2 bucket system is that it works anywhere:  on a rooftop, on a deck, on an apartment balcony, or in the back of a truck.  Multiply your food supply by simply getting more buckets to grow more food.  If you don’t have a pick-up truck available for your tribe, you can carry the buckets in your vans, cars, and RVs to move them.  It is just easier to have a pick-up truck, because the food farm is in the back of the truck and is self-sustaining and completely portable.  Once it is set up, you don’t have to load and unload the buckets just because you change locations.  As you nomads know, sometimes you have to move out of an area and find another spot for various reasons.  If it is windy or some other weather situation, the entire bed of the pick-up truck can be covered with a tarp.  This could keep out dirt when you are moving, keep the plants warmer at night if there is a frost, and also keep out unwanted critters.  A couple of dogs tied up around the pick-up truck at night will usually be enough to keep the possums and racoons away.

A few of the Gypsy Cool crew were sitting around a few months ago trying to formulate a method to have a nomadic food farm.  What we came up with at the time was to turn the bed of a pick-up truck into a garden plot, in other words fill the bed with garden soil.  Further research led us to the amazing 2 bucket system.  We feel this is much better.  The individual buckets can be changed quickly and different plants put in them.  The self-watering system is simple and fantastic, and works even on the move.

Although some of us are idealists in many ways, we are aware of certain realities.  We think it would be hard to grow enough food to totally live on in the bed of a pick-up truck.  But it can certainly augment your foraging with some fresh vegetables and tomatoes. You will have to continue with your skills at foraging, dumpster diving, fishing, and possibly hunting,  as well as purchasing some food products.  But you can live better and a little cheaper by taking your food farm with you wherever you go.

So how do you build the 2 bucket system?

1. Google it on the net.

2. Check out the information at Yard Eats.

3. Check out the great info at Global Buckets.

4. Go to youtube.com and search for videos on bucket systems.

5. The youtube channel of jwwm2 has a lot on the bucket system,.

Start building your buckets today!

Nov 11

L.A. Housing Partnership 2012 Holiday Food Distribution

Schedule of Food Distribution Nov/Dec 2012

Place:  2614 W. 7th Street, Los Angeles.

Date:  Wednesday November 21, 2012

Time: 4:00pm

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Date: December – No Food Distribution at that location.  But a big food distro at “Winter Festival” on Monday, December 17, 2012 at MacArthur Park.

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Posted by Uncle Paulie/ Thanks to Barbara B. for this update.

Oct 29

Health Issue For Urban Gypsies – GMO Frankenfoods!

Vote YES on Proposition 37 in California!

One of the problems of living a nomadic lifestyle is one of food quality.  A lot of folks living in their vehicles are down in their luck money-wise, and have to spend a portion of their time foraging for food, going to food banks, hitting the senior lunches, and finding free or cheap food.  In this situation we often don’t have the option of being “picky”.  We eat what we find or can get with our meager funds, and sometimes the food is not the greatest.  Everyone knows that eating fast-food continuously is bad for your health.  But now there is another problem:  Genetically Modified Foods.

This is food that big chemical companies have introduced into the farming process that has been genetically modified.  Why would they “modify” perfectly good food?  The main reason is so they can patent the food and then make money off selling the seeds. These type of corporations inserted pesticides into the seeds in a genetic manner.  They say this will make the farmers a bigger crop.  The question is what this genetic manipulation will do to the average human or animal.  These monster corporations spend hundreds of millions of dollars to buy off politicians.  They don’t want you to know which foods they have done their dirty work on.  That is why we must force them to label the food if it contains a GMO (genetically modified organism).  For your health and safety, if you are registered to vote in California, vote YES on Proposition 37. 

Please go to this website and watch the videos on this issue: www.you-rant.com

And check out this video: