Evaluating E.F.F.E.C.T.

In this study, we explored the City Heights food system through the perceptions of local food-focused organizations and residents. Specifically, we used mixed methods to draw out organizational personnel and residents’ perceptions, then explored the markets they mentioned by auditing their healthy foods offerings. We especially asked, do smaller ethnic markets create a sense of resilience in communities with limited food systems?  The seventy-nine residents overwhelmingly agreed the ethnic food markets play a strong, positive role in creating a healthier food system for this poor, immigrant community. As each element of our study will reveal, residents repeatedly told us they felt they could purchase healthy foods locally – supplemented by trips to large supermarkets and wholesale markets – and our audits of those stores confirmed the presence of healthy foods. While the system has gaps, as we shall discuss, the markets do provide an important resource.

Final Report