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Community Collaboration provides healthy food options to Ramona Gardens residents

The office of USC Civic Engagement along with Keck Medicine of USC teamed up with the American Heart Association, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Boys and Girls Club of Ramona Gardens to distribute fresh fruit and produce to residents of Ramona Gardens.  The area has long been considered a food desert, and locations that have access to fresh and affordable produce are few and far between.

The LAPD Hollenbeck Division was on hand to deliver fresh fruit fruit and produce to residents of Boyle Heights. (USC Photo/Saul Garcia)


The monthly food distribution program was created to promote healthy eating habits and improve the quality of life for residents in the neighborhood.  Clinica Romero, home to “Las Promotoras” was on hand to give residents advice on health care options that are available to them.