Center for Community Food & Resilience

at Occidental College

Our Mission The Center for Community Food Systems is a project of the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College (UEPI). Our programs enhance the impact of food justice initiatives and the Los Angeles good food movement through applied research, innovation, and resource-sharing. UEPI is an applied research and advocacy center at Occidental College […]

UEPI has been working on food justice and food security issues for over 25 years. Below is an overview of some of our past programs. Healthy School Food Coalition (2001 – 2016) The Healthy School Food Coalition (HSFC) began with a group of parents, organizers, and advocates determined to get junk food out of LAUSD […]

Food System Internships We hire Oxy student interns each semester to assist with our community food systems programs, and often list food-related internship opportunities available through other Oxy departments or partner organizations throughout Los Angeles. Open Positions Our internship positions for the spring / summer 2019 have been filled, but please check back for new […]

Our programs

Farm to School

About Farm to School Farm to School programs bring healthful foods from local farms to school cafeterias and provide students with related lessons on nutrition, agriculture, and gardening. These programs help children understand where their food comes from and the importance of supporting their local communities, while encouraging students to make healthy food choices a […]

Farmers Markets

About Farmers Markets We promote models for how farmers markets can become thriving, accessible spaces that serve all community members. Los Angeles is home to many thriving farmers markets, providing a valuable market opportunity for local farmers, and providing Los Angeles residents with fresh, diverse, and sustainably grown fruits and vegetables. Markets in lower-income neighborhoods […]

School Wellness

About School Wellness Schools are integral parts of communities and family wellness. Schools are often a parent’s first stop for basic information and resources, and students spend most of their waking hours at school, eating two and sometimes three meals there. Creating healthy environments at school is therefore a critical piece of overall family and […]

News & Updates

FAQs on the Senior FMNP in Los Angeles

What is the Senior FMNP program? The Senior FMNP program is just like the WIC FMNP program, only it’s for low-income seniors instead of WIC participants. If you are authorized to accept WIC FMNP, you are authorized to accept Senior FMNP. Double check if your market is authorized by checking this list here. Will seniors […]

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2019

LAUSD takes steps to provide clean drinking water to students

On April 23rd, the LAUSD school board approved the allocation of $15 million towards comprehensive lead testing and the establishment of water infrastructure to keep lead levels below 5 parts per billion (in contrast to the state level of 15 ppb). This is an important step in reducing a known hazard in the schools. It […]

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2019

map LA farmers markets

Are farmers markets located where they should be?

When farmers markets came into being in California in 1978, one of the goals was to provide for greater access to fresh foods in underserved and low-income communities. Even before the term “food desert” was coined, people were thinking that farmers markets would serve communities where grocery stores could not. Today, there are over 130 […]

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