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A New Partnership Has A Plan To End Food Insecurity In LA


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Nearly a quarter of Los Angeles County's 10 million people experience food insecurity, meaning they don't have enough to eat, the Los Angeles Times reports. And that's a problem that needs to be addressed, according to a report released Tuesday by the LA County Food Equity Roundtable.

"We can and must do better for our fellow citizens and must be all-in to continue to make addressing food insecurity a priority in our L.A.

Region, with a coordinated approach which produces unlimited access," the report states.

According to NBC Los Angeles, food insecurity is defined by the FDA as "the limited or uncertain availability of adequate and safe foods."

And it's a problem that got worse during the H1N1 virus.

"Really what we were doing is just pushing bigger and better bread lines," says Efrain Escobedo, vice president of public policy and civic engagement at the California Community Foundation, which is one of the three foundations involved in the report.

The report calls for modernizing the food system by promoting local farmers and urban agriculture, supporting community gardens in food deserts, and setting up grocery pickup spots near public transit hubs.

It also recommends testing insulated shopping carts for people commuting to grocery locations on public transportation.

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