USC Price School of Public Policy

Food Desert Panel

Student Organizations Collaborate to Address ‘Food Deserts’

Food Desert Panel USC Price student groups host ‘food desert’ panel.
Photo by John Roberson

Student associations from across the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy partnered to host a distinguished panel discussion on “Food Deserts” in November.

USC Price Teaching Professor LaVonna Lewis, who moderated the event, explained the term food desert as being “a geographic area, particularly lower-income neighborhoods and communities where access to affordable quality and nutritious food is limited.” She added that this topic crosses multiple programs that make up the school.

The panel examined the impact of food deserts on vulnerable populations in the Los Angeles region and discussed the work of agencies and organizations striving to bring healthy food options to these areas. Panelists included Clare Fox from the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles; Marie-Alise Recasner de Marco of SoLA Food Co-Op; and Aiha Nguyen from LAANE: A New Economy For All, a leading advocacy group.

Food Desert Panel From left: Aiha Nguyen, Marie-Alise Recasner de Marco, Clare Fox, and LaVonna Lewis
Photo by John Roberson

The event was presented by the following student groups:

  • Asian Pacific Islander Caucus (APIC)
  • Associated Students of Planning and Development (ASPD)
  • Association of Black Students in Policy, Planning, and Development (ABS)
  • Graduate Policy and Administration Community (GPAC)
  • Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS)
  • Latino Association for Policy, Planning, and Development (LAPPD)
  • Partnership for an Equitable Los Angeles (PELA)
  • USC Student Health Council (SHC)
  • Women Leading Policy, Planning, and Development (WLPPD)