San Diego, California - Southeastern San Diego has been classified by the USDA as a “food desert,” but researchers from San Diego State University disagree. Unlike a true food desert, where there is little food available, SDSU researchers argue that Southeastern San Diego - like many low-income urban communities - is in fact a “food swamp.”

There are many sources of food including discount stores, corner shops, ethnic markets, convenience stores and fast food restaurants available, but affordable healthy options are hard to come by.

By supporting ongoing community initiatives, strengthening connections with local growers, and partnering with the food vendors already in place, SDSU researchers believe the food landscape of Southeastern San Diego and similar communities nationwide can improve.

SDSU professors Pascale Joassart-Marcelli and Fernando Bosco will share their research with the community.

For more information on the report: Southeastern San Diego's Food Landscape: Challenges and Opportunities, visit

Friday April 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. during the Cesar Chavez Community Tribute hosted by Project New Village

5 to 5:45 p.m.: reception featuring cultural performances

5:45 to 6 p.m.: 4th District Council member Myrtle Cole and youth representatives will speak regarding the legacy of Cesar E. Chavez

6 to 6:20 p.m.: SDSU professors Pascale Joassart-Marcelli and Fernando Bosco will share their research

6:20 to 7 p.m. Immediately following the presentation, guests will share their perspectives on the legacy of Cesar Chavez and the challenges and opportunities for food justice in Southeast San Diego.

Pascale Joassart-Marcelli and Fernando Bosco will also be available for interview prior to the event at SDSU Thursday from noon to 2pm and on Friday from 11 to 1pm.

Educational Cultural Complex

4343 Ocean View Blvd., San Diego, CA 92113

This event is not on the SDSU Campus