Brad Min, manager of Supermercado Latino in South Los Angeles, welcomed a visit to his store from Mayor Villaraigosa this morning. Min’s neighborhood market, located near the USC campus, received a free energy audit and retrofit from the Department of Water and Power through the Small Business Direct Install energy efficiency program, which officially launched today.
Mayor Villaraigosa’s appearance at Supermercado Latino highlighted the work of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council in improving access to healthy, fresh food and supporting the growth of independent neighborhood markets. Min receives leadership and business development training as a member of the Healthy Neighborhood Market Network, coordinated by the Los Angeles Food Policy Council.
Both the Mayor and the store manager (Brad Min) spoke highly of the Healthy Neighborhood Market Network training series and the Community Market Conversion program. Tune in to ABC 7 tonight to watch a clip of the Mayor’s press event at Supermercado Latino!
Read excerpts from the Mayor’s press release below:
“We are grateful for the savings we will realize from our free LADWP audit and retrofits,” said Brad Min, manager of Supermercado Latino. “We can use the money saved to expand our store and continue to provide healthy food to our neighborhood.”
…The market is located in a region of South LA that can be considered a “food desert” because of the lack of full-service grocery stores or farmer’s markets. The program provides trainings focused on marketing, merchandising, product procurement, store design, finance options and management for fresh food products.
“Los Angeles is near the most productive agricultural region in the country, yet not every neighborhood has the same access to healthy food,” Mayor Villaraigosa added. “By working with small businesses like Supermercado Latino, the LAFPC is making sure that every community has access to affordable, healthy foods and beverages.”
The LAFPC also manages the Community Market Conversion (CMC) program, which fully converts convenience stores into grocery stores in underserved communities. Seven full-scale store conversion projects are currently underway and are expected to be complete within the year. Mock-ups of the conversions were on display at the press conference.
“It’s great to connect our work through the Community Market Conversion Program to the new energy efficiency opportunities for small businesses through LADWP,” said Paula Daniels, Senior Adviser to the Mayor on Food Policy and Chair of LAFPC. “We are able to see holistic, transformative change on a neighborhood level: bringing jobs, environmental conservation and healthy food to our communities where it is needed most.”
Read the complete press release from Mayor Villaraigosa’s office here.