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A Walk Through South Los Angeles with Olympia Auset

There are 1.3 million residents but only 60 grocery stores in South Los Angeles; by comparison, the Westside has 600,000 residents and 57 grocery stores. Olympia Auset started SÜPRMARKT in response to this disparity, to deliver fresh organic produce to the doorsteps of people who have the least access to healthy and affordable food. Roy Choi visits with her to discuss the need that inspired her company and nonprofit, the prevalence of fast food and liquor stores in the area and the imbalances allowing these businesses to offer processed food for extremely affordable prices in so-called food deserts.

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Waste

Roy journeys from L.A. to Orange County to discover how two non-profit innovators are tackling the problem of food waste. Roy visits Robert Egger, whose project LA Kitchen is simultaneously aggregating wasted food, using it to cook fresh meals for those in need, and providing workforce training. Roy also follows Bill Bracken of Bracken’s Kitchen, who partners with Chefs to End Hunger to reuse leftover food and distribute it with his food truck in Orange County.

  • 2019-10-19T17:30:00-07:00
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  • 2019-10-20T09:30:00-07:00
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Watts

Roy takes a head-on look at efforts to heal the social and economic wounds of Watts, acknowledging one of the oldest communities in Los Angeles as a mirror into ourselves and our future. Led by activist Aqeela Sherrills, Roy visits with Sherrills' mother as she prepares free food for the community, digs into the soul of what makes Watts Coffee House a cornerstone in the neighborhood and examines the missed opportunities of the Jordan Downs Housing Project redevelopment.

  • 2019-10-26T17:35:00-07:00
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  • 2019-10-27T09:30:00-07:00
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Transformation

Roy explores the power of cooking to rehabilitate those on the margins of society and the organizations taking a chance on those who need it most. He spends time with Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy and Homegirl Industries, the pioneer of socially minded food enterprises focused on transitioning former gang members from lives on the street to lives in kitchens. Roy also visits Mar Diego, a food entrepreneur who has opened Dough Girl, a pizza shop in the San Fernando Valley employing local kids struggling with drug use and homelessness. Additionally, the episode features L.A.

  • 2019-11-02T17:30:00-07:00
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  • 2019-11-03T08:30:00-08:00
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Access

Roy meets the individuals bringing healthy and affordable food options into South L.A. communities that lack access to fresh food. Roy also visits with vegan grocer Olympia Auset, whose startup Süprmarkt delivers healthy and affordable food to the doorsteps of her community. Finally, Roy visits Earle’s Hot Dogs, a vegetarian hot dog cart that has grown over its 30-year history into a multi-location brick and mortar shop, now a staple of a community hungry for healthier options.

  • 2019-11-09T16:30:00-08:00
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  • 2019-11-10T08:30:00-08:00
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