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Bringing fresh food to an L.A. food desert, one produce box at a time

South LA resident Olympia Auset started a produce stand three years ago and now wants to expand into a physical store.

South LA resident Olympia Auset started a produce stand three years ago and now wants to expand into a physical store. John F. Peters

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Three years ago, Los Angeles resident Olympia Auset was sick of taking the bus two hours to buy fresh produce. So, she started selling fresh produce at a weekly produce stand in her South Los Angeles neighborhood. The USDA estimates as many as 54 million Americans live in food deserts, where residents in low-income neighborhoods struggle to get to supermarkets. Auset is now raising funds to expand her Süprmarkt stand into a physical store to help her community have better access to healthy foods.

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