California Community Center receives new garden in west Louisville

Several communities in west Louisville are affected by limited resources and live in areas known as “food deserts,” low-income areas with a lack of nutritious food options including access to grocery stores, fresh produce and more.

In west Louisville areas like the California neighborhood, you often see corner stores instead of grocery stores, making options like chips and candy more accessible than fruits and vegetables. 

Many children who aren’t exposed to fresh, healthy food at a young age, like broccoli, green beans and lettuce, might turn their nose up and refuse to eat them as they age. While most parents might say their kids are just picky eaters, this aversion to vegetables or other healthy foods could lead to a variety of health-related issues such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.