October 27 PolicyLink Summit Food Tour Itinerary

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Building an Equitable Food System – Mobile Tour

Tuesday, October 27, 9:30- 5:30 pm
Join PolicyLink and local advocates for an up close look at the key components of the Los Angeles food system. Co-sponsored by the LA Food Policy Council, this mobile workshop will focus on exciting efforts that are transforming Los Angeles into a “good food” region with a food system that is fair, healthy, affordable, and sustainable. We will travel to various neighborhoods to experience the innovative methods that are changing how food is being grown, distributed, sold, and discarded. Participants will engage in conversations with an array of creative and passionate food system activists, including street vendors, food chain workers, small business operators, youth leaders, and independent grocers. The workshop will culminate in a community meal that will engage Summit participants and Los Angeles community members in a discussion of food justice and equity, and the intersection of food and culture, while enjoying fresh, local food

The purpose of the food tour is to provide attendees with a deeper understanding of how policies and programs can increase equity in the food system at the local level and provide a forum and platform for those interested in equitable food systems to meet, network, and strategize. Local food advocates will join us at each of the locations and participate in the community meal


Logistics and Itinerary

Assemble at Hotel:      9:30am

Depart Hotel:               9:45am

*Estimated time at each stop noted below (traffic considerations may require adjustments to schedule)


LA Kitchen       10:00– 11:00*

230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031

Participants will tour the facility and here about its origins and operations. They will also hear remarks from advocates from the LA Street Vendors campaign


Northgate Market             11:30 – 12:45*

944 East Slauson Avenue. Los Angeles, CA 90011

Participants will tour this store, one of the newest stores in an independent chain owned by an immigrant family. The state of the art facility received funding from the FreshWorks food financing initiative and is staffed by residents from the local area; it not only offers healthy food, but health education programs that benefit customers and the community Participants will hear remarks from representatives of the Northgate Gonzalez company, who will describe how the values of the family shape the operation of the store.

[A light lunch will be provided at this site]


Alba’s Snacks and Services                         1:00 – 1:40                 

6001 S. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90044

Participants will see a brief video on the bus that will tell the story of how this convenience store was transformed under the Healthy Market Conversion program.  Nelson Garcia, the store’s owner, will make remarks, and a brief tour of the store will follow (space inside the store is limited)


Social Justice Learning Institute 2:00 – 3:30

600 Centinela Ave, Inglewood, CA 90302

Participants will hear an overview of the work of this organization which engages youth and community residents in policy advocacy to promote equity – promoting changes in the food systems as one of the strategies. They will also see the on-site garden, and hear a description of the group’s work in urban agriculture and composting. Also, advocates from the Don’t Waste LA campaign, will describe their efforts to promote clean air, recycling and good jobs..


Mercado La Paloma             4:00  – 5:15    

3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Participants will be welcomed by the founders of the Mercado, tentatively Nancy Ibrahim  of the Esperanza Community Housing Corporation. She will discuss the factors that led to the opening of the venue and what has been its impact. One of the Mercado merchants will also make comments. After picking up snacks prepared by the Mercado’s merchants, participants will break into small groups. Artist and advocate Seitu Jones will introduce the concept of a Community Meal and encourage participants to engage in a conversation about the meaning of food justice. Members of the Restaurant Opportunities Center have been invited to serve as facilitators of these small group sessions, with assistance from members of the LA Food Policy Council and artist Seitu Jones


Return to the Bonaventure hotel             5:30