Your Opinion Matters!

CMC staff and volunteers are hitting the streets to find out what new products people would like to see in the converted CMC stores! We are going door-to-door to meet neighbors around each of the stores and conduct a brief “consumer preference” survey to find out which fruits and vegetables people would like to see in their local markets.

We also have a whole bunch of exciting, free workshops and healthy cooking demonstrations planned at the stores throughout November and December and we want to personally invite all our neighbors to attend.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO SURVEY THE NEIGHBORHOOD!

 It is important that we build up support for the stores for the long-haul so that their new expanded, fresh produce services can thrive. By going door-to-door we will help bring new, loyal customers into the stores as well as provide the store owners with important data on which products are in demand. Join us!

WHEN ARE WE DOING OUTREACH?

 SUNDAY OCTOBER 2ND, 1:00 -3:30 PM

Meeting Place:

Mama’s Chicken Store – 2510 W. Slauson Avenue. Closest Major Cross Street is Van Ness.

Stores Supporting: Mama’s Chicken Store & Money Saver Meats (on Florence near Crenshaw)

Come at 12:30 for an introduction to the Community Market Conversion program!

MONDAY OCTOBER 3RD, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Meeting Place:

Oak’s Junior Market – 2500 W. Jefferson Blvd. Closest Major Cross Street is Arlington.

Come at 4:30 for an introduction to the Community Market Conversion program!

SATURDAY OCTOBER 8TH, 12:00 – 2:30PM

Meeting Place:

Las Palmas Carnicería – 2712 S. Central Avenue. Closest Major Cross Street is Adams.

Come at 11:30 for an introduction to the Community Market Conversion program!

We will provide you with a script, maps, snacks, and flyers to pass out so you can talk to neighbors with confidence. To participate in this fun outreach event, please RSVP to Project Coordinator Clare Fox: claremfox.cmc@gmail.com.

Earth Day South Los Angeles

This past Saturday, the Community Market Conversion program connected with dozens of South LA residents at the Earth Day South LA event. The event is hosted by Community Services Unlimited (CSU) – a member of the Community Markets Steering Committee that is advising on the selection and transformation of cornerstores in South LA. About a thousand people enjoyed the springtime heat, live music, healthy food cooking demos and environmental skills workshops at this event. Nearly everyone could be seen carrying off a new plant, a packet of seeds, a reusable bag and, of course, tons of information on the dozens of great organizations working for a cleaner, healthier planet for all communities. CMC Project Coordinator Clare Fox heard from numerous parents, students, teachers and healthcare providers in the South Los Angeles area about their desire for improved access to quality, culturally-meaningful food offerings in their local corner markets. She conducted an informal survey on residents’ attitude toward their own local corner store – Do you love it? Hate it? What could be improved? Do you feel “at home” in your local market? The results of that survey – and pictures- coming soon.