South LA Needs Better Grocery Stores – Public Matters and Healthy Eating Active Communities Initiative partner to empower change
South Los Angeles has few big markets, small stores stock old produce, and numerous safety and transportation issues hurt access to healthy foods. The area has some of the highest rates of obesity in California.
In 2007 the Healthy Eating Active Communities (HEAC) Initiative originally commissioned Public Matters to work with high school students from The Accelerated School (TAS) to create short videos about the reasons underlying poor access to fresh produce and nutritious foods in South L.A. Public Matters expanded the scope of the project to include youth civic engagement projects and a partnership with the City Council office.
For the second Market Makever, HEAC Change Agents Britanni Dighero and Josue Moreno receive their next assignment: a market makeover on Los Compadres, a market across the street from their school.