Food security is a basic need for individual and community health. In many communities food security is an issue, as the availability and access to healthy items through a robust food system may be limited, and residents may lack information about the importance of eating more nutritious foods. Moreover, in communities that serve multiple ethnic populations, food preferences may vary significantly, further exacerbating food security concerns. 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?
Ethnic Food Access and Barriers