Comprehensive Nutrition Education Programs

submission by Groceryships1

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Groceryships improves long-term health and wellness in low-income communities by creating a network of educational support groups and enhancing access to healthy, unprocessed foods.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


Groceryships pilot programs achieved profound physical and emotional health results for the low-income families struggling with diabetes and obesity. Now, with a recently opened community center, Groceryships wants to dramatically expand the number of programs we can offer to families. The $100,000 grant would provide six months of weekly nutrition education classes and free access to healthy produce for 300 families living in South LA.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

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How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

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How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics? (check all that apply)

Access to healthy food

Healthcare access

Exposure to air toxins

Number of households below the self-sufficiency index

Percent of imported water

Obesity rates

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Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the healthiest place to live.


Obesity is a contributing factor in five of the top seven causes of death (heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease, stroke, diabetes). In South LA, childhood obesity is 30% and life expectancy is 10 years less than other parts of LA. The poverty rate in LA County (15%) is among the highest in the country and the rate of depression exceeds 30% for those in poverty. This combination of health, financial, and psychological pressures makes it extremely difficult to live a healthy life in low-income food deserts.

Groceryships has created a scalable, cost-effective program model that counteracts obesity and diabetes for low-income families in food deserts. Our educational support groups take 10 parents through weekly, two-hour meetings over a 6-month period. 40% of each class is spent on nutrition education and healthy cooking. 60% is spent on emotional and social support. Sitting in a circle, participants share about their lives and challenges with food and health. This group structure creates the emotionally supportive bonds where education and motivation take root.

Groceryships also provides free access to healthy food each week for the duration of the 6-month program through delivery of fresh produce. This provides much needed economic benefit for families facing extreme budget pressures and also helps with developing preferences for new kinds of fresh vegetables and fruits. Class cooking workshops are also integrated with the fresh produce families receive, making is easy for preparing new types of meals at home.

Learning these critical life skills for navigating the challenging health environment found in food deserts has direct impact on preventing or reversing Type 2 diabetes and obesity. We imagine LA in 2050 to be a city where families don't struggle with health and have the knowledge and resources to live happy, healthy, productive lives. With this in mind, Groceryships has had group results such as:

• All participants reported eating significantly more fruits & vegetables
• All families reported they had children lose weight
• All families reported additional family members lost weight
• Participants reversed diabetes risk factors and lowered cholesterol levels

With these promising results, Groceryships is on a mission to offer this life-changing experience to more families. Groceryships will make LA the healthiest place to live through this comprehensive model that supports families with better health for a lifetime.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


For evaluating program effectiveness, Groceryships makes extensive use of surveys and physical health measurements. Data is reviewed at the conclusion of each program and is used for refining and improving the program model. Surveys and measurements are focused on three primary evaluation factors:

• Fruit & Vegetable Consumption - this determines the level of habit change for eating healthy foods and increased access to healthy foods.

• Body Mass Index - BMI is measured to determine if participants have decreased their weight during programs. The goal is gradual, long-term weight loss to support a healthy life.

• Emotional Wellbeing - the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale questionnaire is used to determine how well emotional wellbeing improves during programs.

This data is collected and evaluated by Groceryships staff, Board, and advisors to determine which aspects of the program are working well and what can be improved as new programs are launched.

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