YOUTH INSPIRED, DEVELOPED, AND RUN
HOW IT STARTED
RootDown LA was born in October 2007 when a small group of motivated youth leaders from Manual Arts High School in South LA realized that nutrition education in their community wasn't working. Together with co-founder Megan Hanson they set out to develop programming that would get people excited about healthy food...
WHERE WE ARE AT
A decade later, our unique demand-and-supply model has convinced thousands of people in South L.A. (and beyond!): they wanna eat their veggies! All while putting our youth at the forefront of our engaging programs, strategically located veggie gardens, and micro-businesses building resilient neighborhood food systems.
WHERE WE ARE GOING
Our mission for our next ten years is to develop a powerful youth pipeline that takes students from elementary school through high school graduation and into jobs with RDLA and other food-related ventures - empowering them to become chefs, farmers, and advocates for healthy food in South L.A. and beyond.