E12 Students Tour Three Local Food Industry Organizations
Posted by Mitchell Englander on July 01, 2016 at 10:13 AM
This week, our students learned from three great organizations working in the food industry: LA Food Policy Council, LA Kitchen, and LA Prep.
The Los Angeles Food Policy Council (LAFPC) works with a network of policy makers, public agencies, nonprofits, and industry leaders to build a sustainable and equitable regional food system in Los Angeles.
Over 40% of all food grown is being wasted and over 1.5 million individuals in Los Angeles County are "food insecure." The students learned about the local food system and LAFPC's collective efforts to reduce food waste in Los Angeles.
LA Kitchen is a social enterprise that works directly with local farmers and produce wholesale companies to collect fruits and vegetables that are unsalable due to cosmetic issues or lack of commercial demand. All donated and purchased food are transformed into healthy meals through LA Kitchen's intergenerational culinary job-training program. The students learned about LA Kitchen's vocational training that empowers emancipated foster youth and older adults transitioning out of incarceration to thrive in careers in the food service industry.
LA Prep is a full-time production space for local wholesale food producers where local businesses can lease a space and have shared access to all the equipment and permits to grow their business. The students were exposed to an innovative business model and what it takes to operate a business in the culinary industry.
The students were inspired to find ways in their daily lives to reduce food waste through composting and awareness of our local food system. They were further encouraged to take action to eliminate hunger in our local communities.
-Mitchell Englander, Councilmember Twelfth District
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