YOU'RE GONNA WANNA EAT YOUR VEGGIES
At RootDown LA, we believe supplying a community with healthy food is not enough to help residents make sustainable dietary changes. Without a genuine demand for that healthy food and a population of people who can reinforce demand over time, our efforts to maintain a supply fall flat.
Luckily, in 2007, a group of highly-motivated youth living in South L.A. got serious about improving nutrition programs for their families and peers. Not long after, RootDown LA was born. With these youth at the forefront of our engaging programs and strategically located veggie gardens, we've successfully developed a model that has convinced thousands of people in South L.A. (and beyond!) they'll wanna eat their veggies!
Wanna learn more about how we're getting people to eat their veggies?
BECAUSE FOOD HAS CHANGED
Many of the nutrients we get from whole foods (like veggies and fruits!) have gone missing in the Standard American Diet. Foods that used to come straight from a farm to our table are now being processed, and many of their valuable nutrients are replaced with chemicals, additives, and colors to enhance their flavor, extend their shelf-life, and make them look pretty.
DIET RELATED ILLNESS
Over sixty percent of Americans are dying from diet related illnesses. This means the foods we are eating (or AREN’T eating in many cases) are making us sick. We’re getting plenty of calories (or macronutrients) but we’re not getting all our little nutrients, (or micronutrients) that you would normally find in food. These little nutrients build strong bodies and minds, and protect us from illnesses.
It’s not always easy to convince people that fresh, whole foods can be easily and affordably incorporated into our busylives. But, we aim to do just that. One piece of blanched broccoli, one purple (yes purple!) carrot at a time, we’re reminding kids (and adults) where food comes from, and we’re teaching them how to make it taste great.
RootDown LA is strategic and efficient. Donate, and we'll let you know exactly how this helps us engage more youth to build healthier food communities in South Los Angeles.
MEET THE TEAM
Meet the empowered youth who are changing lives one healthy food tasting, nutrition class, and vegetable garden at a time.
YOU'RE GONNA WANNA COOK!
Recipes and cooking techniques that'll change the way you feel about eating veggies. If you already love veggies, learn some quick tips to make them even MORE delicious.