Addressing Food Insecurity in Los Angeles

February 16, 2023
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Studies show that as of July 2022, food insecurity in Los Angeles County affected a quarter of the population – a 10% increase from the prior year. And while the United States Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as “a lack of consistent access to sufficient food,” the reality is much more complex.

People who are food insecure not only experience the stress of hunger, but also deal with health implications such as poor nutrition, mental health challenges, and an increased risk of heart disease and obesity. The problem is not exclusively a lack of access to food, but in the quality of food consumed. 

This has been a problem long before the COVID-19 pandemic. And due to systemic barriers, Latino and Black households in Los Angeles County report higher rates of food insecurity than White households.

In efforts to bring an end to food and nutrition insecurity, LA County, the Annenberg Foundation, and other community leaders have come together to lead the LA County Food Equity Roundtable. The goal of Roundtable is to create and implement a plan to end the county’s food insecurity problem through the following efforts:

  • Improving the affordability of healthy foods
  • Increasing equitable access to healthy foods
  • Building market demand and consumption of healthy food
  • Supporting sustainability and resilience in food systems and supply chains

The plan, once implemented, will help better manage food assistance programs, expand the food safety net, foster partnerships with grocery stores, and take steps to make the food system more inclusive.

Last week, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion to create the first-ever LA County Office of Food Equity to address food access in LA and to use the Food Equity Roundtable’s Strategic Plan as a roadmap.

Here at GenSpace, we recognize that information and access to resources help mitigate these issues in the community. Below are food pantries less than half a mile from GenSpace.

  • Karsh Family Social Service Center
    • Address: 3750 W. 6th Street Los Angeles, CA 90020
    • Phone: (213) 401-4651
    • Hours: Tuesday 12-2 PM; Sunday 8-9:30 AM

  • Charismatic Evangelical Ministries International
    • Address: 439 S. Western Avenue Suite 100 Los Angeles, CA 90020
    • Phone: (213) 219-3228
    • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Sunday 1-2 PM

  • St. James Episcopal Church
    • Address: 3903 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90010
    • Phone: (213) 388-3417
    • Hours: Thursday 8-9 AM

  • Wilshire Presbyterian Church – Hope Net
    •  Address: 300 S. Western Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90020
    • Phone: (213) 387-5387
    • Hours: Monday 8-11 AM

For an expanded list and more details, come see a GenSpace team member!

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