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.

Update: Watch the CNN.com Live interview
Food From the Hood is an amazing organization that truly harvest entrepreneurship. Fawntasia and Rodolfo are an exemplary example of what it means to plant a seed and see it grow. Their stories are inspiring and I know that this will not be their first or last time on CNN.
I'm very inspired by this story about young adults taking their impoverished neighborhood and turning it in to something healthy and productive. I believe it shows that young adults who may be trapped in very specific social and political scenarios can do for themselves with what they have. I also think their success has a lot to do with exposure. When someone provides for them a picture or dream of a way out and spends time to help and support, and most importantly follow through, young adults can achieve just as much and more of what they truly want. Congratulations and good luck to much more success. Susan, Atlanta, Ga.
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