Los Angeles

California’s “Food Deserts” Considered

The California Endowment’s Center for Healthy Communities has announced another program in its ongoing series about food access and security:

What: Deserted: How to Solve the Crisis of Poor Access to Healthy Food
When: Thursday, May 1, 2008 beginning at 7:00pm
Where: The California Endowment, 1000 N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles 90012
Cost: Free admission and parking, but reservations are required. (See below.)

In 2005, California had more than four times as many fast-food restaurants and convenience stores as it did produce vendors and grocery stores. Such a dearth of eating options has turned many places in the state—-namely low-income communities and communities of color—-into “food deserts.”
This public program will explore the problems surrounding the lack of access to healthy food, how that affects the obesity epidemic, and what we can do to ensure that all California communities have fresh and healthy food available.

The format will be a panel discussion moderated by Jerry Hirsch, a food industry staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. The panelists will be Duane Perry, founder of The Food Trust, Jan Perry, Los Angeles City Councilmember, and Amanda Shaffer, director of communications and researcher at the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College.

Light refreshments will be served. The event will last approximately an hour and a half.

Reservations should be made online.

Questions should be directed to rsvpchc@calendow.org.
For more information about The California Endowment’s programming on this subject, visit their website.