Tuesday, October 21, 2014–Food Day LA at City Hall saw community members, organizations, small businesses and local institutions from the Los Angeles Food Policy Council Working Groups and Network of stakeholders recognizing the inter-connectedness of key food policy issues, celebrate their combined accomplishments, and see commitments from partners and elected officials to advance good food policy in the next year.
Thank you to the many dozens of people who planned, coordinated and presented the “Collective Impact Showcase,” and continue to be leaders of the Good Food Movement in Los Angeles.
Growing food through community gardens, urban farms, edible parkways and converted lots expands access to fresh food and creates vibrant green and recreational gathering places that revitalizes neighborhoods while reducing blight.
Organizations involved in this issue: Women Organizating Resources and Knowledge (WORKS), LA Community Garden Council, MEND, UCCE Master Gardeners
Over 1/3 of LA’s waste stream is made up of food scraps. This precious resource can be diverted from landfills and turned into compost, livestock feed, or energy, which reduces our city’s greenhouse gas emissions and creates jobs.
Organizations involved in this issue: LAANE Don’t Waste LA Campaign, Sierra Club, L.A. Compost, Kiss the Ground
Good Food Purchasers
Big institutions like government departments, school districts, hospitals and universities have the opportunity to change the food system by buying food that is local, sustainable, nutritious, fair to workers and humane to animals.
Institutions participating in the Good Food Purchasing program: LAUSD, LA Department of Water and Power, Convention Center
Good Food Providers
Suppliers who represent Good Food values (local, sustainable, fair, humane, healthy), and that have partnered with Good Food Purchasers: Guckenheimer, Muranaka Farms, Sodexo, Levy Restaurants, Groundwork Coffee, Old Grove Farms
Street Food Vending
Street vendors bring fresh food, culture and vibrancy to LA’s streets. A legal permit system for sidewalk vending will support entrepreneurs and bring fresh foods to neighborhoods where better access is needed.
Organizations involved in this issue: East LA Community Corporation (ELACC), LA Street Vendor Campaign, Leadership for Urban Renewal Network (LURN)
Healthy Food Access
Every LA neighborhood deserves access to fresh, nutritious & culturally relevant food through neighborhood markets, grocery stores and healthy restaurants. Easy and affordable access to healthy food can reduce obesity and diet-related disease and promote health and wellness.
Organizations involved in this issue: Community Health Councils (CHC Inc.), SoLA Food Co-Op, Community Services Unlimited (CSU Inc.), Social Justice Learning Institute (SJLI), Community Coalition, American Heart Association (AHA), Manifesto Café LA, PolicyLink, LAANE Shop Well LA Campaign
More than one third of low-income Angelenos struggle to put adequate food on the table. Enrolling the more than half of the eligible Angelenos into CalFresh, California’s nutrition assistance program, can reduce hunger and boost the local economy.
Organizations involved in this issue: Hunger Action LA, California Food Policy Advocates (CFPA)
Farmers Markets for All
Farmer’s markets connect small regional farmers to urban communities. Universal acceptance of CalFresh, WIC and Market Match programs at farmer’s markets ensures Angelenos of all economic backgrounds enjoy the best of Southern California’s bounty while strengthening our local food system.
Organizations involved in this issue: LA County Department of Public Health, Community Health Councils (CHC Inc.), Food Forward, Sustainable Economic Enterprises – LA (SEE-LA)
Sustainable Food and Seafood
Sustainable agricultural and aquaculture practices are critical for stewardship of our land, air and water resources, and for the health and long-term resiliency of our communities.
Organizations involved in this Issue: Sustainable Seafood LA Working Group, Whole Foods Market, Good Eggs, Food and Water Watch, Kenter Canyon Farms, Real Food Company, Local Roots Farms, FoodCentricity, LA Prep, Slow Food LA, Out of the Box Collective, POP Produce, American Heart Association
From the farm workers in the fields to fast food workers in our cities, the hands that feed us deserve safe working conditions and livable wages.
Organizations involved in this issue: Food Chain Workers Alliance (FCWA), LA Kitchen, OUR Walmart, Restaurant Opportunities Center – LA (ROC-LA), UNITE HERE Local 11, Warehouse Workers Resource Center