Project Abstract

Southeast San Diego represents a growing disparity in the food justice movement in terms of access. There are disproportionately more liquor stores than there are grocery stores, or places to get fresh, healthy, and affordable produce. As a result, people living in this "food desert" resort to fast food places for their meals. This has led to a myriad of health issues – unusually high rates of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease plague the region. As a predominantly Hispanic and Black low-income community, this illustrates the role of race and class in the alternative food movement in the context of access.

Project Description

An introduction to Groundwork's ongoing implementation of a food hub in Southeast San Diego.

Significance of Research

This multimedia research project focuses on the feasibility of implementing a food hub in Southeast San Diego and on the importance of resource allocation in low-income communities. 


To bring awareness to the disparity of access and advocate for food justice to be served in Southeast San Diego.

Major Findings and Contributions

  • Food access is defined as the accessibility to sources of health food, measured by distance to a store or the number of stores in an area, coupled with an individual’s ability to access food, such as through income or vehicle availability.
  • A cursory drive through the neighborhood of Lincoln Park revealed approximately 20 fast food/cafes, 6 gas stations, 7 liquor stores/markets, and 2 grocery stores. 
  • Few farmers markets exist in Southeast San Diego - the farmers’ markets in San Diego County are all held elsewhere, where more demand (and money) exists.
  • It is currently an opportune time for a food hub to be established in Southeast San Diego as there are potential clients as well as resources.



Poster (click image to expand)

Reflective Essay


9500 Gilman Drive
San Diego, CA 92093
United States

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