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Lessons from South L.A.: Market Makeovers' New Website Teaches Youth How to 'Green' a Food Desert

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Earlier this year, as part of a talk about food and community held at the California Endowment, we learned about the teens in South Los Angeles in a group called HEAC who had been working with Market Makeovers. Their mission is to encourage their peers to try snacking on healthier, fresh alternatives to chips and candy bars, and to help owners of area corner stores convert the space to make the healthy options more appealing and accessible to the clientele.

Good profiles the Market Makeovers team in their blog today, providing readers with more information about the amazing work local high schoolers do in their communities to help "green" the "food desert." Now they have set up an online space that can help others do what they do: "Last week, they launched a new website containing a fun, user-friendly toolkit with amazingly creative ways for teenagers to green the food deserts around them." The site breaks down what a food desert and market makeover are, and explains the benefits.