live / 2018

Healthy Food and Healthy Lives in South Los Angeles

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Activation Challenge by My Friends House

Increase the amount of fresh healthy food that is distributed to families in South Los Angeles by involving more Angelenos in the donation, collection, and growth of the food.

Please describe the activation your organization seeks to launch.

Los Angeles has an amazing number of restaurants, farmer’s markets, and supermarkets in some areas. We need volunteers to connect to those organizations and individuals who can provide healthy food and skills to those who do not have access to them.

Which of the live metrics will your activation impact?​

  • Access to healthy food
  • Obesity rates

Will your proposal impact any other LA2050 goal categories?

  • LA is the best place to CREATE
  • LA is the healthiest place to CONNECT

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

  • South LA

How will your activation mobilize Angelenos?

  • Digital organizing or activism
  • Trainings and/or in-person engagements
  • Encourage businesses to change practices
  • Connect Angelenos with impactful volunteer opportunities

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

“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” Martin Luther King.

Affecting all indirectly applies to access to fresh healthy food for all Angelenos. How can we all live happily when some of our neighbors are hungry? How can we all live happily when some of our neighbors live only on fast food burgers, beans and rice, and canned food?

Everyone want to help. Everyone is okay bringing in some cans for the food drive at work. Everyone is okay buying a sandwich for a homeless person. Everyone is okay with giving a extra dollar or five dollars at the supermarket checkout to support hunger programs. These are limited, short term solutions Most people will feel conflicted by these actions.

Our Activation will give Angelenos the opportunity to take unique action to support My Friends House, an organization with is making a long term impact to nutrition and a health in South Los Angeles.

The world is now based on connections between people at every level. When Angelenos think about a restaurant, our activativation project will have given them the opportunity to connect that restaurant with My Friends House to provide it with fresh food.

How will your activation engage Angelenos to make LA the best place to live


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

Our primary goal is the distribution of food to families every week. We currently supply 150 families each week. Our targets is to expand to 200 families in 12 months and 300 families in 24 months.

To Support Our Food Distribution, we want to do three things. First, grow our gardening programs to 1000 actively producing square feet. Second, expand the number of restaurants contributing food to My Friends Place from 5 to 30. Third, incrase the amount of free produce that is directly donated by people, mostly during their own supermarket visits.

Where do you hope this activation or your organization will be in five years?

My Friends House in 2023

–Providing healthy food to 1,500 families per week, a ten-fold increase.

–Expansive network of collaborators: restaurants, supermarkets, farms, food manufacturers

–Numerous gardens throughout Los Angeles