The Healthy Neighborhood Market Network, a project of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, builds the capacity of small ‘mom n’ pop’ store owners in ‘food desert’ communities to thrive as good food businesses and civic leaders through ongoing, multi-lingual business and leadership development trainings, mentorship and consulting.
To support the growing Healthy Neighborhood Market Network, we’ve entered a bid for $100,000 in a voting-based grant challenge called #LA2050. The LA2050 Grant Challenge is a competition hosted by the Goldhirsh Foundation to spur creative thinking and seed new projects in LA that will make our city a better place to “CREATE,” “LEARN,” “CONNECT,” “PLAY” or be the “Healthiest Place to LIVE” by the year 2050.
Here’s a link to our page on the grant contest website –
We’re competing in the “CONNECT” category, because the HNMN creates a place where food businesses can connect with each other across languages and find new partners in business, leadership development, community outreach, and government/public policy—all in the name of becoming healthier! The LA2050 grant will help us grow this network from 200 trained stores to 400 (!), and fund us to continue supporting food enterprises in low-income neighborhoods that strengthen the food equity movement.
There are many worthwhile projects submitted in each category, including many by our partners and friends (click link for more). The voting period runs for two weeks from September 2 – 16, 2014. Each person gets ONE vote in EACH category.