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UCLA Helping to Change the Way a Community Eats, One Store at a Time

Big chain grocery stores, farmers markets, and other sources of healthy foods are usually in short supply in low-income communities. Public health experts refer to these areas as “food swamps” for their lack of available nutritious foods. One such area is in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of East Los Angeles, where fast food reigns and meals are frequently purchased at corner markets. These small stores tend to be rundown, uninviting, and focused on selling the bane of healthy eating – junk food.