Overview of Food System Issues

Good Food Access

HEALTH

The lack of good food options and over-proliferation of cheap, highly processed foods has serious health consequences for our population. In 2009, over 55 percent of adults, 40 percent of middle school students and 34 percent of toddlers were obese or overweight in L.A County, with obesity and diet related diseases disproportionately impacting low-income communities of color.. Moreover, in 2006, L.A. County spent $12 billion on health care costs and lost productivity associated with obesity and physical inactivity. Organizations that are tackling these issues come from many fields, including public health, urban planning and nutrition. They provide essential data and propose and either implement or advocate for policies and programs that target health-focused interventions. Improved health outcomes are the primary focus of the organizations listed below.

Advocates for Healthy Living

Alliance for Healthy and Responsible Grocery Stores
www.goodgrocerystores.org
American Diabetes Association
www.diabetes.org
American Dietetic Association- Los Angeles
www.eatright.org
American Heart Association
www.heart.org
American Medical Association
www.ama-assn.org
American Public Health Association
www.apha.org
Asian and Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance (APIOPA)
www.fightapiobesity.wordpress.com
Building a Healthy Boyle Heights Collaborative
www.mycalconnect.org
California Black Women’s Health Project
www.cabwhp.org
California Center for Public Health Advocacy
www.publichealthadvocacy.org
California Community Foundation
www.calfund.org
California Convergence
www.californiaconvergence.org
California Food Policy Advocates (CFPA)
cfpa.net
California FreshWorks Fund
www.cafreshworks.com
California Health & Human Services Agency
www.chhs.ca.gov/
California Pan Ethnic Health Network
www.cpehn.org
California WIC Association
www.calwic.org
City of Los Angeles- Department of Aging
http://aging.lacity.org/
Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation
cehcf.org
Community Health Councils (CHC)
www.chc-inc.org
Community Market Conversion (CMC)
communitymarketconversion.org
Community Nutrition Education Inc.
cnesinc.org
Community Partners
www.communitypartners.org
El Monte City School District- Wellness Policy
www.emcsd.org
First 5 LA
www.first5la.org
Healthy City
www.healthycity.org
Hidden Harvest
www.hiddenharvest.org
Homegirl Café
www.homegirlcafe.org
Kaiser Permanente- Southern California
info.kp.org
LA County Department of Public Health
publichealth.lacounty.gov
LA County Department of Public Social Services
www.ladpss.org
LAUSD Joint Use and Innovation Program
mo.laschools.org/fis/planning/
Long Beach Building Healthy Communities
www.mycalconnect.org/longbeach/
Long Beach Public Health Department
www.longbeach.gov/health/
Los Angeles Collaborative for Healthy Active Children
publichealth.lacounty.gov
Los Angeles County Office of Education-Head Start
 http://www.prekkid.org/
Los Angeles Regional Foodbank
www.lafoodbank.org
Mattel Childrens Hospital UCLA
www.uclahealth.org
Model Neighborhood Program
www.lacienegafarmersmarket.com
National Farm to School Coalition
www.farmtoschool.org
Network for a Healthy California- LAUSD
www.healthylausd.net
Obesity Society
www.obesity.org
Pasadena Public Health Department
www.ci.pasadena.ca.us
Playa Vista Farmers’ Market
www.playavistafm.com/PVCFM/
Prevention Institute
www.preventioninstitute.org
Public Health Foundation Enterprises WIC Program
www.phfewic.org
Public Health Law & Policy
www.phlpnet.org
Rand Health
www.rand.org
RENEW LA- Program of LA County Department of Public Health
www.choosehealthla.com
Santa Monica Farmers’ Market
www.smgov.net/portals/farmersmarket/
Social Justice Learning Institute
www.sjli-cp.org
South LA Building Healthy Communities
www.mycalconnect.org
SOVA Community Food & Resource Program
www.jfsla.org/sova
The California Endowment
www.calendow.org
UC Cooperative Extension- LA County
celosangeles.ucdavis.edu
UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
www.healthpolicy.ucla.edu
UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity
healthequity.ucla.edu
UCLA School of Medicine
healthsciences.ucla.edu
UCLA School of Public Health
ph.ucla.edu
Unified Nutrimeals
www.unifiednm.com
Urban & Environmental Policy Institute, Occidental College
http://www.oxy.edu/uepi
USC- Keck School of Medicine, Community Diabetes Initiative
www.usc.edu/schools/medicine/
USC/Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Saban Research Institute
www.chla.org
USC/UCLA- Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center
hydra.usc.edu/scehsc/
Volunteers of East Los Angeles (VELA)
www.velaela.org
Watts Health
www.wattshealth.org
Women Organizing Resources, Knowledge, and Services (W.O.R.K.S.)
www.worksusa.org
YMCA of Greater Los Angeles
\www.ymcala.org
Zion Temple Church
ziontemplechurch.org
FOOD SECURITY

On a daily basis, over one million Los Angeles County residents face the enormous burden of being able to afford any food at all?much less good food. At the same time, for many of the same families, the consumption of too many cheap calories has fueled an obesity and diabetes epidemic. To address these issues, organizations involved with food security are working on strategies to improve the affordability of good, healthy food for all Angelenos. They direct attention and resources to Los Angeles’ hungriest residents who have been most failed by a broken food system. Food security organizations are actively involved in emergency food assistance programs, anti-poverty and anti-hunger campaigns, expanding the reach of existing food assistance programs, gathering and distributing surplus foods and food donations, improving the nutritional quality of food provided by emergency food assistance programs, as well as identifying innovative ways to connect food assistance to farmers’ markets and gleaning projects. Some of these groups are also working to improve and expand the Los Angeles Unified School District’s free food service programs.

 

Bread for the World
http://www.bread.org/
California Farmers’ Market Consortium
ootsofchange.org
California Food Policy Advocates (CFPA)
http://cfpa.net/
California Health & Human Services Agency
www.chhs.ca.gov/
California Hunger Action Coalition
www.hungeraction.net
California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation
http://www.crla.org/
California WIC Association
www.calwic.org
Catholic Charities Los Angeles
www.catholiccharitiesla.org
Center for the Working Poor
www.centerfortheworkingpoor.org
City of Los Angeles- Community Development Department
http://www.ci.la.ca.us/cdd/
City of Los Angeles- Department of Aging
http://aging.lacity.org/
City of Los Angeles- Recreation & Parks Department
http://www.laparks.org/
Community Financial Resource Center (CFRC)
http://cfrcla.org/
Downtown Women’s Shelter
http://www.dwcweb.org/
Farmers’ Market Recovery Program
Food Chain Workers Alliance
http://foodchainworkers.org/
Foodbank of Southern California
www.foodbankofsocal.org
Frontline Foundation
www.frontline-foundation.org
Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition
www.gwhfc.org
Help The Children: Santa Clarita
www.helpthechildren.org
Homeless Health Care
http://www.hhcla.org/
LA CAN (Community Action Network)
www.cangress.org/we_lacan.htm
LA Coalition to End Hunger and Homelessness
http://www.lacehh.org/
LA County Department of Public Social Services
http://www.ladpss.org/
Los Angeles Catholic Worker
www.lacatholicworker.org
Los Angeles County Office of Education-Head Start
 http://www.prekkid.org/
Los Angeles Family Housing (LAFH)
www.lafh.org
Los Angeles Mission
www.losangelesmission.org
Los Angeles Regional Foodbank
http://www.lafoodbank.org/
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger
http://mazon.org/
MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity)
http://www.mendpoverty.org/
Metabolic Studio
metabolicstudio.org
Neighborhood Legal Services
http://www.nls-la.org/
North Valley Caring Services, Inc.
www.nvsinc.org
Ocean Park Community Center Access Center
www.opcc.net
P.A.T.H. (People Assisting The Homeless)
www.epath.org
Primetime Nutrition
Project Angel Food
www.projectangelfood.org
Public Health Foundation Enterprises WIC Program
http://www.phfewic.org/
Rescue Mission Alliance
www.erescuemission.com
Salvation Army- Bell Shelter
http://grow-good.org/?page_id=50
Salvation Army: Harbor Light
www.laharborlight.org
San Fernando Valley Interfaith Council
http://www.vic-la.org/
Santa Monica Farmers’ Market
www.smgov.net/portals/farmersmarket/
Share Our Strength
http://www.strength.org/
Social Justice Learning Institute
http://www.sjli-cp.org/
South Antelope Valley Emergency Services
www.bit.ly/1uHJIs
SOVA Community Food & Resource Program
http://www.jfsla.org/sova
St. Joseph Center / Bread and Roses Café
www.stjosephctr.org
St. Vincent Meals On Wheels
www.stvincentmow.org
Sustainable Economic Enterprises- Los Angeles (SEE-LA)
http://www.see-la.org/
Sylmar Farmers Market at Los Angeles Mission College
www.sylmarfarmersmarket.com
Thai Community Development Center of Los Angeles
http://thaicdchome.org/cms/
The Growing Experience- Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
www3.lacdc.org
The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
http://www.jewishla.org/
Ujima Farming Group
http://ujimafarminggroup.org/
United Rescue Mission
www.urm.org
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)- Rural Development
www.rurdev.usda.gov/Home.html
Valley Beth Shalom Food Bank
www.vbs.org
Valley Interfaith Council
www.vic-la.org
Volunteers of East Los Angeles (VELA)
http://www.velaela.org/
Weingart Center Association
http://www.weingart.org/
Western Center on Law and Poverty
http://www.wclp.org/
Westside Shelter and Hunger Coalition
http://www.westsideshelter.org/
Women Organizing Resources, Knowledge, and Services (W.O.R.K.S.)
http://www.worksusa.org/
IMPROVING FOOD ACCESSIBILITY & AFFORDABILITY

Every neighborhood deserves to have good, healthy, high-quality and affordable food for optimal health. In many low-income neighborhoods, convenience stores and fast food restaurants are the main sources of food for the community; well-stocked supermarkets and healthy eateries can be very hard to find. There are a number of groups working to address the issues of good food accessibility and affordability in underserved neighborhoods. They examine the availability and cost of good food, utilize policy, economic development and community organizing tools to create positive change, and explore innovative policy solutions to transform these areas into healthy food retail environments. For example, the Community Market Conversion (CMC) Program run by the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles (CRA/LA), strives to expand access in underserved neighborhoods to nutritious food and revitalize the neighborhood food environment by converting local convenience stores into healthy food markets. Another exciting example includes the launch of the Fresh Works Fund in 2011, led by the California Endowment, which makes over $200 million available to finance healthy food retail in underserved California neighborhoods.

 

Alliance for Healthy and Responsible Grocery Stores
www.goodgrocerystores.org
Arroyo Food Co-Op
http://arroyofoodcoop.com/
Building a Healthy Boyle Heights Collaborative
www.mycalconnect.org
Business Resource Group
http://www.bizresourcegroup.com/
California Alliance for Family Farmers (CAFF)
http://caff.org/
California Black Women’s Health Project
http://www.cabwhp.org/
California Convergence
www.californiaconvergence.org
California Department of Education- Team California for Healthy Kids
www.cde.ca.gov/eo/in/tchkrsrcs.asp
California Farmers’ Market Consortium
rootsofchange.org
California Federation of Certified Farmers’ Markets
http://www.cafarmersmarkets.com/
California Food Policy Advocates (CFPA)
http://cfpa.net/
California FreshWorks Fund
 http://www.cafreshworks.com/
California Grocers Association
http://cagrocers.com/homepage.asp
City of Los Angeles- Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles (CRA/LA)
http://www.crala.org/
City of Los Angeles- Department of City Planning
http://cityplanning.lacity.org/
Community Coalition
http://www.cocosouthla.org/
Community Financial Resource Center (CFRC)
http://cfrcla.org/g/
Community Health Councils (CHC)
http://www.chc-inc.org/
Community Market Conversion (CMC)
http://communitymarketconversion.org/about/
Community Services Unlimited, Inc. (CSU)
http://www.csuinc.org/
Esperanza Community Housing Corporation/Mercado de la Paloma
www.esperanzacommunityhousing.org
FAME Assistance Corporation
http://www.famerenaissance.org/
Figueroa Produce Market
http://figueroaproduce.com/
Fork in the Road
Fresco Community Market
http://www.frescomarkets.com/
Kaiser Permanente- Southern California
info.kp.org/communitybenefit/
L.A. Green Grounds
http://lagreengrounds.org/
LA Community Garden Council
http://lagardencouncil.org/
LA County Department of Public Health
http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/
LA County Department of Public Social Services
http://www.ladpss.org/
LA County Department of Regional Planning
http://planning.co.la.ca.us/
LA River Revitalization Corporation
http://thelariver.com/revitalization/
LA Voice/PICO
www.lavoicepico.org
LAUSD Joint Use and Innovation Program
http://mo.laschools.org/fis/planning/
Legal Aid Foundation Los Angeles
http://www.lafla.org/
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
http://www.lisc.org/
Long Beach Building Healthy Communities
www.mycalconnect.org
Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE)
http://www.laane.org/
Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust (LANLT)
http://www.lanlt.org/
Los Angeles Unified School District- Food Services Division
http://cafe-la.lausd.net/
Los Angeles Urban League
http://www.laul.org/
Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF)
http://www.liifund.org/
Mattel Childrens Hospital UCLA
http://www.uclahealth.org/homepage_mattel.cfm
MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity)
http://www.mendpoverty.org/
Model Neighborhood Program
www.lacienegafarmersmarket.com
Playa Vista Farmers’ Market
www.playavistafm.com
Prevention Institute
Prevention Institute
Primetime Nutrition
Progressive Jewish Alliance
http://www.pjalliance.org/
Public Health Foundation Enterprises WIC Program
http://www.phfewic.org/
Public Health Law & Policy
http://www.phlpnet.org/
RENEW LA- Program of LA County Department of Public Health
http://www.choosehealthla.com/
Salvation Army- Bell Shelter
http://grow-good.org/?page_id=50
San Diego Unified School District- Food Services
http://sandi.net/food
Santa Monica Farmers’ Market
www.smgov.net
Social Justice Learning Institute
http://www.sjli-cp.org/
SOLA Food Co-Op
SoLAFoodCoop.com
South East Asian Community Alliance (SEACA)
http://www.seaca-la.org/
South LA Building Healthy Communities
www.mycalconnect.org
Sustainable Economic Enterprises- Los Angeles (SEE-LA)
http://www.see-la.org/
Sylmar Farmers Market at Los Angeles Mission College
www.sylmarfarmersmarket.com
The Accelerated School
http://www.accelerated.org/
The California Endowment
http://www.calendow.org/
The Growing Experience- Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
www3.lacdc.org
The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
http://www.jewishla.org/
UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
http://www.healthpolicy.ucla.edu/
UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity
http://healthequity.ucla.edu/
UCLA School of Public Health
http://ph.ucla.edu/
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)- Rural Development
www.rurdev.usda.gov
Urban & Environmental Policy Institute, Occidental College
http://departments.oxy.edu/uepi/
USC- Keck School of Medicine, Community Diabetes Initiative
www.usc.edu
USC School of Policy, Planning and Development
www.usc.edu/schools/sppd/
Volunteers of East Los Angeles (VELA)
http://www.velaela.org/
Western Center on Law and Poverty
http://www.wclp.org/
Whittier Community Food Co-Op
http://whittiercoop.blogspot.com/
Wholesome Wave Foundation
http://wholesomewave.org/
Women Organizing Resources, Knowledge, and Services (W.O.R.K.S.)
http://www.worksusa.org/
Zion Temple Church
http://ziontemplechurch.org/
SCHOOL FOOD

School food programs present excellent opportunities to transform the way that children eat, while building a robust market for healthy, locally-grown food. The large size of the Los Angeles Unified School District means that even modest changes on an institutional level can benefit 678,000 K-12 students and 69,000 LAUSD employees,i while simultaneously boosting the demand for regional agricultural products. Organizations in the Good Food movement that focus on school food programs may take on a variety of goals. Students and parents can advocate for changes to school purchasing policies which encourage schools to use their buying power to expand the market for good food and to put better food options on cafeteria menus. Nutrition and culinary education programs can get kids excited about eating a variety of healthy foods so that they don’t always gravitate towards unhealthy options on the lunch line. School yard gardens can be excellent tools for teaching children about where food comes from, nutrition, ecology, and healthy eating habits. The gardens can also foster a positive a sense of community. Finally, formal “Farm-to-School” programs connect schools and students to local regional farms. Together, they mutually support serving healthy cafeteria meals, improving student nutrition, and providing agricultural, health and education opportunities.

California Alliance for Family Farmers (CAFF)
http://caff.org/
California Black Women’s Health Project
http://www.cabwhp.org/
California Department of Education- Team California for Healthy Kids
http://www.cde.ca.gov/eo/in/tchkrsrcs.asp
California Food Policy Advocates (CFPA)
http://cfpa.net/
California School Garden Network, Los Angeles Chapter
www.csgn.org/page.php?id=74
Chefs Collaborative
chefscollaborative.org
City of Los Angeles- Recreation & Parks Department
http://www.laparks.org/
Community Coalition
http://www.cocosouthla.org/
Community Services Unlimited, Inc. (CSU)
http://www.csuinc.org/
Compton Unified School District
web.compton.k12.ca.us
Cooking Matters Los Angeles
www.cookingmattersla.com
Coosemans Shipping
www.coosemans.com
Earthworks Farm
El Monte City School District- Wellness Policy
www.emcsd.org
Garden School Foundation
gardenschoolfoundation.org
Healthy School Food Coalition
departments.oxy.edu
Jamie Oliver Foundation
www.jamieoliver.com/foundation/
Jennie Cooks Catering
http://www.jenniecooks.com/
LAUSD Joint Use and Innovation Program
http://mo.laschools.org/fis/planning/
LAUSD School Gardens
Long Beach Unified School District- Nutrition Services
www.lbschools.net
Los Angeles Fund for Public Education- Guest Chef Program
Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust (LANLT)
http://www.lanlt.org/
Los Angeles Unified School District- Food Services Division
http://cafe-la.lausd.net/
Milagro Allegro
http://hpgarden.org/
Model Neighborhood Program
www.lacienegafarmersmarket.com
National Farm to School Coalition
www.farmtoschool.org
Network for a Healthy California- LAUSD
http://www.healthylausd.net//
Nourish California
www.nourishlife.org/
San Diego Unified School District- Food Services
http://sandi.net/food
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District
http://www.smmusd.org/
Social Justice Learning Institute
http://www.sjli-cp.org/
South East Asian Community Alliance (SEACA)
http://www.seaca-la.org/
The Accelerated School
http://www.accelerated.org/
The California Endowment
http://www.calendow.org/
UC Cooperative Extension- LA County
http://celosangeles.ucdavis.edu/
Urban & Environmental Policy Institute, Occidental College
http://departments.oxy.edu/uepi/
Urban Semillas
www.urbansemillas.com
USC-Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism
http://annenberg.usc.edu/
Venice Learning Garden
http://www.thelearninggarden.org/
Volunteers of East Los Angeles (VELA)
http://www.velaela.org/
Women Organizing Resources, Knowledge, and Services (W.O.R.K.S.)
http://www.worksusa.org/
Woolly School Garden Program
www.woollyschoolgarden.org/
YMCA of Greater Los Angeles
http://www.ymcala.org/
Youth Opportunity Program
http://layo.org/
Youth Speak! Collective
youthspeakcollective.wordpress.com
Zion Temple Church
http://ziontemplechurch.org/