This section is dedicated to sharing with our readers discussions and interviews with community members and experts in the areas of food and equity. We aim to drive change and innovative thinking that will help us build a sustainable, resilient, and equitable food system in LA County
Feeding the Triple Bottom Line
We all benefit when the private sector helps solve the riddle of chronic food insecurity Like a well-balanced meal, the Los Angeles Food Equity Roundtable features a healthy mix of ingredients – philanthropic leaders, community-based organizations and government decision-makers. But the added spice comes from the participation of the business community. The Roundtable continues to…
Waste Not, Want Not
Why does a third of our food end up in dumpsters instead of helping the hungry? Here’s the great paradox about food insecurity in our country: The United States produces more than enough to feed everyone. But chronic poverty and inequitable access to nutritious meals mean that far too many people go to bed hungry…
A Seat at the Table
Science has been slow to truly engage communities in research about food insecurity, says UCLA’s Dr. May Wang. But that’s changing. Dr. May Wang, a professor of Community Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, is helping the Food Equity Roundtable identify 12 communities most vulnerable to food and nutrition insecurity, from…
As the Food Equity Roundtable convenes over the year, members will periodically share insights about their work to alleviate chronic food insecurity in Los Angeles County. Cinny Kennard serves as the Executive Director of the Annenberg Foundation, one of the largest family foundations in the United States. Gary Gero is the Chief Sustainability Officer for Los Angeles County. The pair serve as co-chairs of the Roundtable, reflecting its cross-sector, collaborative nature. Here they share their thoughts on the genesis of the Roundtable and some of the challenges and opportunities ahead of them.
An Rx for Hunger?
As the Food Equity Roundtable convenes over the year, members will periodically share insights about their work to alleviate chronic food insecurity in Los Angeles County. Dr. Kayla de la Haye, an associate professor of population and public health sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, serves on the Roundtable’s technical committee. Here she discusses a new report from the USC Dornsife Public Exchange program that found that 1 million Angelenos continue to struggle with food insecurity on a regular basis.