Recognizing the ongoing threat of food insecurity, the Los Angeles County Food Equity Roundtable issued an aggressive action plan to transform the region’s disconnected food system.
Annenberg Foundation Executive Director and Roundtable Co-Chair Cinny Kennard hosted a media preview and roundtable discussion to debut the plan and highlight the importance of taking action, especially as the city and country face economic headwinds.
The roundtable researched the current state of food access in LA County over the last year and developed a comprehensive plan with a particular focus on under-resourced. This is the first time that a report of this type has been done in the region in nearly ten years.
The plan proposes concrete steps to end food and nutrition insecurity in LA County, by:
Improving the affordability of healthy foods
Increasing the equitable access to healthy foods
Building market demand and consumption of healthy food
Supporting sustainability and resilience in food systems and supply chains
Due to systemic biases and injustices, Latino and Black households in LA County report higher rates than White households. The plan outlines how to better support vulnerable communities through food assistance programs, expanding the food safety net, partnerships with grocery stores, steps to make the food system more inclusive, and more.