Food Oasis Los Angeles

Healthy Food for All Angelenos

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a food desert?

A low-income, low-access area with people living more than 1 mile (10 miles in rural areas) from the nearest supermarket.

What are low income areas?

Areas with either a poverty rate of 20 percent or more, or a median family income less than 80 percent of the State-wide median family income; or a tract in a metropolitan area with a median family income less than 80 percent of the surrounding metropolitan area median family income. [source]

What are low access areas?

A low-income tract with at least 500 people or 33 percent of the population living more than 1 mile (urban areas) or more than 10 miles (rural areas) from the nearest supermarket, supercenter, or large grocery store. [source]

What is Cal Fresh?

CalFresh, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), can add to your food budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table. The program issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores.

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What is food insecurity?

Access to nutritionally adequate food is limited or uncertain. [source]

I live in a Food Desert. What can I do?

I don’t live in a food desert, but am interested in helping. What can I do to help?

What is a food oasis?

A Food Oasis is an area where healthy food options are plentiful and readily available for all.

What are some ideas for transforming a food desert into a food oasis?

How can policy makers help address/eliminate food deserts?

One of the stated goals of the City of Los Angeles’ Sustainability Plan is to “Ensure all low-income Angelenos live within a half mile of fresh food by 2035.” [source] How do we make this happen?

What will happen if food deserts are not eliminated?

Coming soon.

What is not in the map?

See our Resources page for additional information.

How can I support this project?

We’re a volunteer-based project and would love your donation!

On the donation page, please choose Los Angeles Brigade and make it in honor of Food Oasis LA with the email address info@foodoasis.la

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