Community coalition responds to food desert in East L.A.

Screen shot 2009-10-19 at 11.43.23 AMA Christian Science Monitor piece from last week (“Inner-city L.A. hungers for good grocery stores,” 10/10/09) describes circumstances a lot like those in the North End of Springfield–depicted by our recent series of focus groups, and this MIT food map. And according to a friend, East L.A.’s got about the same child obesity rate as Holyoke (24%).

In response, the Alliance for Healthy and Responsible Grocery Stores seems to have two strategies:

  • Help existing corner stores to access heathier, fresher food; and
  • Attract larger grocery stores that are willing to be proactive about neighborhood food security

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