Saturday, May 19, 2007
Food From the 'Hood students
The Los Angeles Riots of 1992 left destruction around South Central Los Angeles. But, beauty can sometimes grow from destruction. As it literally did when a group of students at Crenshaw High School took a quarter-acre patch of weeds behind their school and turned it into a garden.
Food From the 'Hood started with those students growing vegetables to donate to the needy and to sell at a local farmer's market. The goal was to give back to the community that was so hard-hit. But, once the food sold like crazy, the students realized they were on to something. They started their own company making and selling all-natural salad dressing to major food stores in Southern California.
Food From the 'Hood profits go back to their student-run program that provides mentoring, tutoring and college scholarships. So far, it has awarded nearly $200,000 in scholarships to 77 of its graduates. And Food From the 'Hood keeps growing, if only to strengthen its roots.
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