Second Store in Historic Filipinotown Now Selling Produce!

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By Ailene Ignacio

On October 25, 2014, the Asian and Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance (APIOPA), through their Fresh HiFi – corner store transformation project, held their second grand re-opening event at partner store L.A. San Miguel. With the support of owners, the Ramos family, and APIOPA team members, the event definitely culminated into a huge success.

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L.A. San Miguel is a corner store in Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles, that started to carry produce with the closure of the area’s only produce source, El Liborio. As Cecilia, one of the owners, puts it, “my customers started to come in and ask me if I had any fresh fruits and vegetables. Soon, it was more and more people, so we knew we had to do something about it.”

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In many food desert communities like Historic Filipinotown, access to healthy foods, especially fresh produce, is virtually non-existent. Many residents, who are low-income and people of color, are at the mercy of the foods that are avaiable to them to eat, many of which are processed, high in fat, high in sodium, and high in sugar. This is the beginning of a treacherous journey that many people in food desert communities must trudge through in order to be able to live.

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But through the leadership of local business owners and residents, include the Ramos family, we start to see that the simplest of changes can make crucial differences in the lives of people living in such communities. Furthermore, with the support and guidance of partners, such as APIOPA, these leaders can maximize opportunities to start carry produce with consistency, more variety, and with much ease.

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To celebrate this success, APIOPA held a grand re-opening event for L.A. San Miguel, which brought both regular and new clients to the store to relish in the new opportunities avaialble to the neighborhood. It also gave the owners the opportunity to connect with and thank those who have been there to support along the way. “Thank you so much to all of you who made this event and our store successful. We’re proud to be able to bring more healthy produce to the community,” says owner Jesus.

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Please feel free to visit our newest transformed store:

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L.A. San Miguel
1900 Beverly Boulevard 90026
Open 9am-8pm Every Day

For more information on the Fresh HiFi – corner store transformation – project, you may visit our website: www.FreshHiFi.org.

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