live / 2015

Comprehensive Nutrition Education Programs

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Maker Challenge by Groceryships and Netiya

Groceryships pilot programs achieved profound physical and emotional health results for the low-income families struggling with diabetes and obesity. Now, with a recently opened community center, Groceryships wants to dramatically expand the number of programs we can offer to families. The $100,000 grant would provide six months of weekly nutrition education classes and free access to healthy produce for 300 families living in South LA.


In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • South LA

How do you plan to use these resources to make change?

  • Conduct research
  • Engage residents and stakeholders
  • Expand a pilot or a program
  • Advocate with policymakers and leaders

How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics?

  • Access to healthy food
  • Obesity rates
  • Rates of mental illness
  • Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (Dream Metric)
  • Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

For evaluating program effectiveness, Groceryships makes extensive use of surveys and physical health measurements. Data is reviewed at the conclusion of each program and is used for refining and improving the program model. Surveys and measurements are focused on three primary evaluation factors:

• Fruit & Vegetable Consumption - this determines the level of habit change for eating healthy foods and increased access to healthy foods.

• Body Mass Index - BMI is measured to determine if participants have decreased their weight during programs. The goal is gradual, long-term weight loss to support a healthy life.

• Emotional Wellbeing - the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale questionnaire is used to determine how well emotional wellbeing improves during programs.

This data is collected and evaluated by Groceryships staff, Board, and advisors to determine which aspects of the program are working well and what can be improved as new programs are launched.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money (financial capital)
  • Volunteers/staff (human capital)
  • Publicity/awareness (social capital)
  • Education/training
  • Community outreach
  • Network/relationship support
  • Quality improvement research