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State of The Food Desert Part II: Food, Equity and Economic Development

 Over a million Angelenos live in neighborhoods where they cannot access fresh and healthy food. “Food desert” - also referred to as “food apartheid” - describes a neighborhood without healthy food options, often neighborhoods home to primarily people of color and low-income residents. Lack of access to fresh food results from historic divestment of communities of color through practices such as “redlining” by banks and government institutions, the effects of which still profoundly impact the health and economic vitality of Los Angeles neighborhoods. At this LAFPC Network event, we explore ways to fight food insecurity in Los Angeles through economic empowerment, jobs, entrepreneurship and investment in communities of color.

Join us for a dynamic breakfast networking and panel event that will help define economic development through the lens of food justice. Speakers will offer insight on how food is a powerful driver for economic development, examine emerging tools such as Opportunity Zones and the Good Food Zones policy, and other policy efforts to promote food access, economic growth and racial equity.

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8:00 am - Registration, Coffee, Breakfast & Networking

8:30 am - Panel Discussion with

Tunua Thrash-Ntuk, LISC

Olympia Auset, SUPRMRKT

Abigail Marquez, City of LA Housing and Community Investment Department

moderated by Veronica Flores, Community Health Councils

9:25 am - Questions and Discussions

9:40 am - Understanding Good Food Zone Policy By Mary Lee, Stanton Fellow

9:50 am - Networking