What We Do
Our Urban Food Equity team completes place-based policy, system, and environmental interventions to improve food access for San Diego County’s low-income residents by building upon existing neighborhood-level food assets including: small grocery stores, urban farms, farmers’ markets, and food pantries.
Interventions focus on building the capacity of an individual site to improve their healthy food offering and/or increase their reach to low-income San Diego County residents. Interventions include a range of activities including but not limited to:
- Technical assistance to farmers to become authorized to accept SNAP EBT for their low-income customers
- Fresh produce handling training and cold storage
- Culturally-relevant nutrition education and community engagement
- Trauma-informed client-choice models at emergency food distributions
- Community-centered promotion and marketing of local food resources
- Garden builds
- Resource development
Our Programs and Projects
1. San Diego Urban Growers' Collaborative Project
We help urban farmers work together to aggregate and share resources, best practices, and and strengthen our regional local food system. Learn more.
2. Live Well Community Market Program
Since 2015, we’ve partnered with over 40 small grocery stores and independently-owned corner stores to improve access to fresh, healthy, and affordable foods in San Diego County’s low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. Learn more.
3. Nutrition Pantry Program
We work directly with food pantries and all types of emergency food distributions to implement practical, client-centered strategies to directly improve the experience of food insecure residents across San Diego County. Learn more.
4. Good Food for All
We assist local farmers and and fisherfolk in making locally-grown and caught good food available to more low-income households in San Diego County, particularly for communities of color. Learn more.
Urban Food Equity: Improving Food Access in San Diego County, 2022
UFE at WorkSee how we've helped farmers, food pantries, retailers, community-based organizations, and residents in pursuing food justice and health equity goals. Download
Elle Mari, Director
Specialty: Urban farms, small neighborhood grocery markets, food justice applied research
Lakisha McZeal, Community Food Project Manager
Speciality: Food pantries and distributions
Nghi Dang, Community Food Project Coordinator
Specialty: Small neighborhood grocery markets