We can’t stress enough, the power of community
to engage and inspire young people.
We firmly believe, when you connect youth to a community, in which they feel they have a place, a voice, and a role, they will tend to adopt the values of that community.
If healthy food is a part of that community, kids are eventually going to eat it!
In 2013, RootDown LA is expanding to two new sites. Thanks two major USDA funded grants, we now have three of what we call Local Food Sites in South LA. These are youth-driven emerging local food communities centered around a public high school and neighboring non-profit sites: Jefferson High and RootDown at the Ralph Bunche House, Augustus Hawkins High and the WECAN Urban Food Forest, and Santee High and Nuevo South at the Big House.
At these sites, young people we train are building demand for healthy food through lively nutrition and cooking classes and demos. Others are learning to install and maintain residential and community gardens, in which we’re growing produce to distribute t0 neighbors and create added value food products. We’ve already begun trialing ketchup, herbal lip balm and Chopin’s healthier homemade spicy potato chips. (Watch out Frito Lay!)
You’re Gonna Wanna Eat Your Veggies!