Kyle Tyari Doss

Major and Classification


Faculty Mentor

Emily Anderson, Ph.D.


Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

McNair Project

“The South Los Angeles Food Desert”

Project Abstract

Since the 1960’s, South Los Angeles has seen a wave fast-food restaurants rise, and the prominence of healthy food diminish, specifically in the zones surrounding the University of Southern California. These are zones that not only have an absence of healthy food sources, but are areas in which the residents are also greatly reliant on public transit for access to food sources; also known as Food Deserts. In this study I will find the impacts and solutions caused by Food Deserts. These Food Deserts have caused health problems for millions of residents, but there lies a new hope. Inner-city farms, or community gardens are presently trying to fill the void that supermarkets in South Los Angeles have not filled in years.