Public Health holds annual Food Day Summit to advance efforts toward food justice in Los Angeles County

Public Health holds annual Food Day Summit to advance efforts toward food justice in Los Angeles County

Los Angeles–() – Today the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) continued its drive toward food equality in Los Angeles County by holding its second annual Food Day Summit, “The Path to Food Justice: Learning from the Past, Navigating the Future.” This comes The summit follows the White House Conference on Food, Nutrition and Health, which brought together leaders from politics, nonprofit organizations, government, and other sectors to discuss the roots of inequality within the food system, sharing ideas and lessons. I learned on the front lines of food justice.

“Los Angeles County is committed to addressing disparities in our communities that have only deepened as a result of the challenges we have faced over the past few years,” said Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Holly J. Mitchell, which represents the second area of ​​supervision. “We established a Food Equity Roundtable in Los Angeles County in early 2020 to implement cross-sectoral solutions for food and nutrition security with a focus on disadvantaged communities. Together we will build a fairer and more equitable diet.”

According to the 2018 Los Angeles County Health Survey:

  • Among Los Angeles County households with incomes below 300% of the federal poverty level (income less than $73,000 per year for a family of four), 26.8%, or 516,000 households, experienced food insecurity.

  • Among those living in food-insecure households, 67.3% were Hispanic, 13.9% were White, 11.9% were African American, and 6.2% were Asian.

  • The prevalence of obesity (36.9%), type 2 diabetes (17%), hypertension (30.4%), high cholesterol (30.4%), and depression (23.9%) was higher among adults living in food-insecure households than among adults living in a food-insecure environment. Safe. Households (29.6%, 11.8%, 24.2%, 25.6%, 8.4%, respectively).

Barbara Ferrer, PhD, master of public health, MEd, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. “Unfortunately, we know that those who are food insecure in Los Angeles County are disproportionately low-income and people of color. The lack of access to affordable, healthy foods reflects a range of policies, regulations, and practices, many of which are rooted in In structural racism, which perpetuates significant damage to some societies. Without deliberate interventions and collective action for changes in our food systems and built environment, it will be difficult to ensure food justice.”

Public Health implements a variety of programs that address food and nutrition security with an emphasis on equity, including market matching and grocery coupon programs funded by the US Bailout Act. These programs focus on historically remodeled neighborhoods, highly concentrated deprivation areas, communities with a low level of English proficiency, and communities with a high number of CalFresh cases.

Speakers and speakers at the Food Day Summit included leaders from the political, non-profit and government sectors working to create a healthier, fairer and more sustainable diet. Discussions centered on the practical applications of food justice, the challenges to achieving food justice, and the strategies that worked.

The Department of Public Health is committed to promoting health equity and ensuring optimal health and well-being for all of Los Angeles County’s 10 million residents. Through a variety of programs, partnerships, and community services, Public Health oversees environmental health, disease control, and community and family health. Nationally accredited by the Council on Public Health Accreditation, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has approximately 4,500 employees and has an annual budget of $1.2 billion. To learn more about public health in Los Angeles County, please visit www.publichealth.lacounty.govand follow LA County Public Health on social media at twitter.com/lapublichealthAnd the facebook.com/lapublichealthAnd the instagram.com/lapublichealth And the youtube.com/lapublichealth.


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