On Cesar Chavez Day, 3/31/15, the LA Food Policy Council and community members celebrated one year of healthy changes at a corner store in Boyle Heights called Salva Market Place (2108 E. 1st Street).
Residents and community leaders from Boyle Heights Youth Technology Center, Boyle Heights Chamber of Commerce, Leadership for Urban Renewal Network (LURN), Altamed, Youth Policy Institute, Primera Taza, and other local institutions enjoyed a healthy cooking demo, and discussed ways to support the store owners in continuing to expand their healthy food options.
In March of last year, with technical consulting from LAFPC’s Healthy Neighborhood Market Network program and promotion / marketing support from La Causa Youthbuild and the County Department of Public Health, store owners Abel and Alicia successfully introduced apples, bananas, oranges, avocado, onions and other fresh produce at Salva Market. They recently also stopped selling tobacco products!
Salva Market’s Abel and Alicia are small business leaders, making a difference as healthy food providers for their neighbors. In order to sustain what they have accomplished already and continue to grow, store owners Alicia and Abel need more neighbors who live and work in Boyle Heights to get involved. Several community organizations have already reached out since the anniversary event. To learn more about how to support this innovative healthy corner store in Boyle Heights, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.