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SoLA Food Co-op: Healthy Food , Healthy Living, and Community Economic Empowerment

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Grants Challenge by SoLA Food Co-op

To open full service health foods cooperative in South LA


Please describe your project proposal.

By opening a community owned natural foods market,SoLA aims to increase food equity in South LA. We envision our store as a place not only for shopping but for learning about cooking and nutrition, a place for the community to gather, celebrate, share food, fresh juices, and organic coffee. SoLA Food Co-op promotes Healthy Food, Healthy Living, and Economic Empowerment.

Which of the live metrics will your proposal impact?​

  • Access to healthy food
  • Self-sufficiency
  • Obesity
  • Resilient communities

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

  • South LA

Describe in greater detail how your proposal will make LA the best place to live?

SoLA Food Co-op will empower the South LA community by bringing organic foods within reach . In an area anticipating much in the form of new development,including a new Metro line coming in, there is still insufficient access to healthy foods. SoLA offers an opportunity for community stakeholders to retain influence in and preserve the history and culture of the community through shared ownership of an organic co-op grocery. Simultaneously, SoLA will also be an attractive resource for new families moving to the area.

Please explain how you will define and measure success for your project.​

By the end of this grant year SoLA will have a site selected and have begun external financing. This grant will make the next necessary steps in our development possible by funding the hire of a Project Manager, retention of our Outreach Manager, and professional co-op consultants. These experts will guide us as we build member/ownership, conduct market studies, select the site, and initiate a capital campaign.

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

  • Money
  • Volunteers
  • Advisors/board members
  • Publicity/awareness
  • Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles
  • Education/training
  • Technical infrastructure (computers
  • Community outreach