This week we want to feature the amazing work being done by the @lafoodbank and its partners. Did you know that through its network of nearly 700 partner agencies, the LA Food Bank reaches nearly 7.1 million individuals (duplicated) a year? Most of these partner organizations are led by incredible volunteers who dedicate their time to making sure no one goes hungry. #hungerfacts #foodoasisfacts
We love this! This month's seasonal flavors at everyone's favorite ice cream shop @saltandstraw were created in partnership with @foodforward in effort to increase awareness around food waste and make use of ingredients that would otherwise be thrown out. We never need an excuse for ice cream, but this definitely a great one. 🍦Get some and let us know what flavor was your favorite! 📸: @saltandstraw
NEW SERIES ALERT! We’re starting a new series of posts to shed light on the organizations in LA that are working to support the mission of providing healthy food for all. In our first feature, we talk to an organizer of the Erika Glazer Community Garden in DTLA (Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust) Learn more about the garden and how you can get involved below! #foodoasiscommunity
How did the community garden get started?
“Neighborhood Residents organized in the late 2000s to transform what was formerly a vacant lot into the community garden we see today."
Who are the people that grow food in this garden?
“As part of the Land Trust’s mission, our garden serves low income communities of color. Glazer garden is very diverse, and does a good job of reflecting the diversity of the area.”
What is your role at the garden?
“My role is to develop leadership among the gardeners so they can take ownership of the garden. Working with the leaders, our role is to identify resources for the garden, manage the plots and ensure everyone is following the rules, lead maintenance days, turnover plots to new gardeners, build community among the gardeners through our monthly meetings and events.”
What types of produce grow best in this environment? What do you grow here right now?
“Our climate allows for many plants to grow! Some of the plants you’ll see year-round are squash, epazote, chipilin, papayas, kale, chards, tomatoes, eggplant.”
What’s one vegetable you want people to know about?
“Chipilin. It has a very pretty yellow flower and tastes so good in tamales.”
How can people get involved?
“People interested in a plot can inquire about our waitlist by calling me at 213-797-6549 or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find more information about the garden by coming to our monthly meetings, which are usually the 4th Saturday of the month at 9am.
We’re also hosting a Summer Harvest fundraising event, procproceeds of which will go to repairing all of our garden beds, building new benches for the common area, and repairing our garden shed. The event will be on Saturday, July 22nd, 10-2pm at the garden. 2632 S. Raymond Avenue Los Angeles CA 90007”
It may be hard to imagine, but 16% of those living in LA don't know where there next meal is coming from. A large part of this is because these families may live in Food Deserts. Thanks to the map provided by the @USDA , we can see exactly where those neighborhoods are. In the case of this photo, green is not good. #foodoasisfacts
Happy Sunday! Last month @cnnmoney shared this incredible feature on Food Oasis, but more importantly shed light on the hundreds of thousands of Angelenos who are living in food deserts and whose youth are not actively exposed to fresh fruits and vegetables. At Food Oasis, we hope to provide the tools to empower communities to gain access to healthy foods and to raise awareness that we have a long way to go to provide food security for all. 📷: @thehumblefarmr
Can you imagine your kitchen tap running all day every for 9000 years? That's how much water is lost daily in California thanks to #foodwaste
Thanks CNNTech for raising awareness about Food Deserts and featuring Food Oasis's mission to connect those in need with healthy food resources in LA.
Live from today's Feeding the 5000 event! Had the opportunity to share a bit more about Food Oasis with the LA community.
Feeding the 5000 Los Angeles is on a mission to shine a light on global food waste by championing delicious and healthy alternatives.
Come meet our Food Oasis Family on May 4th at Feeding the 5000 LA! Feeding the 5000 is a communal feast made entirely out of fresh, quality food that would otherwise have been wasted. The event will take place in Pershing Square on May 4th, and is free and open to all. ⠀
Interested in volunteering and available between April 22nd and May 4th? Help chop food at the Feeding the 5000 Disco Chop party hosted by LA Kitchen on May 2nd; cook on May 3rd; and serve the delicious feast on May 4th. Sign up at buff.ly/2pOfhcj
Want to be a food waste warrior? Volunteer at Feeding the 5000 LA and help take food waste off the menu. Volunteer opportunities are available from April 20th to May 4th http://feedbackglobal.org/events/feeding-5000-la/