In April 2020, Tamara Hunter, Executive Director, Los Angeles County Commission for Children and Families, began serving as a manager with the Emergency Food Security Branch (EFSB). The EFSB was established to address the overwhelming level of food insecurity in Los Angeles County that was either created or exacerbated by the pandemic.
The EFSB is a small, but mighty cross-departmental team, ranging from six to eleven members at any given time. Its purview is “all things food” in the County’s COVID-19 response, and as such, the EFSB wears many hats. EFSB convenes the cross-sector, public-private Food Security Task Force; helps to troubleshoot and mitigate systemic barriers to food security; builds bridges where needed; and, designs and implements programs to provide hunger relief to the most vulnerable among us. The EFSB, in partnership with the LA Regional Food Bank, coordinates and leads food distribution events across the County, serving thousands of residents in need. The EFSB is currently in the process of developing several programs that will utilize federal CARES Act funding to address food insecurity at the organizational and individual levels, in partnership with trusted community-based organizations. Though not yet complete, Tamara’s work with the EFSB has been a humbling and truly rewarding experience.