Los Angeles

What it means to live in a food desert

Katharine Alexander, who worked with Slow Food Los Angeles and is now affiliated with Slow Food Urban San Diego, accompanied Monnai, a Los Angeles teen, on a tour through her neighborhood to understand her food choices–or rather, the lack of choices. Kat documented their time together, and her video–and Monnai’s words–offer an unvarnished look at the conditions the Obama administration is working to eliminate in cities across the country.

Kat’s notes to the video remind us that South Los Angeles has the highest rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes in Los Angeles County. Just as Slow Food supports meaningful changes to the National School Lunch Program via its Time For Lunch campaign related to the reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act, it also supports the Obama administration’s program to eliminate food deserts such as the one in Kat’s video via the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI).

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