vegan DYNAMITE

food ➕ activism ➕ lifestyle

This week, I have been extremely disappointed that the two stores I buy most of my groceries from, Sprouts and Trader Joe’s, have failed to make statements about police brutality and racial inequality. I did some digging, and found that it was actually pretty silent across the board in the grocery industry. I decided to compile a list of grocery stores and markets that have posted statements as allies, as well as those who have not. You’ll also find local black-owned markets at the top of the list.

I understand that changing your shopping habits might not be feasible for everyone, but I’ve also included contact and social media information for the companies who’ve stayed silent, and I encourage you to reach out. I also understand that there are racial injustices within the food supply outside the context of this post, but I believe this still moves us in a positive direction.

You can also show SUPPORT for the businesses below by following them on social media, posting about them when you visit, thanking them for their statements, asking how they plan to continue their support, and writing them positive reviews!

Scroll to the bottom of this post for additional links you might find helpful, including for people outside the LA area. If there are any other businesses you think should be on the list, please let me know!


Black-Owned Grocery Stores & Markets (Los Angeles Area)

Right Choice Caribbean Market | 4233 S Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles 90088

Selam Market | 5534 W Pico Blvd., Los Angeles 90019

SoLA Food Co-Op | 1847 W 43rd St., Los Angeles 90062

Simply Wholesome | 4508 W Slauson Ave., Los Angeles 90043

Grocery Outlet | 2175 W Rosecrans Ave., Compton 90222


Online & Delivery-Based Retailers Who HAVE Shown Support

Imperfect Foods | produce & grocery delivery on the west coast, midwest & northeast

Thrive Market | grocery staples that ship nationwide, with lots of vegan options


Supportive Brick & Mortar Retailers (Los Angeles & Nationwide)

Albertsons | many locations

Besties Vegan Paradise | 4882 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles 90029

Erewhon Market | stores in los angeles, silverlake, santa monica, venice, calabasas & pacific palisades

Follow Your Heart Market & Cafe | 21825 Sherman Way, Canoga Park 91303

Food4Less (Kroger) | many locations

Lazy Acres | stores in hermosa beach, long beach, san diego, encinitas & santa barbara

Ralphs (Kroger) | many locations

Vons | many locations

Yummy.com | stores in playa vista, silverlake, century city, west hollywood & mid-city, with local delivery available


Retailers Who’ve Stayed Silent (& Their Contact Info)

Aldi | contact / instagram / facebook / twitter

Costco | contact / instagram / facebook

Mother’s Market | contact / instagram / facebook / twitter

Sprouts | contact / instagram / facebook / twitter

Trader Joe’s | contact / instagram / facebook

Whole Foods | contact / instagram / facebook / twitter


Additional Links

BlackDoctor.Org | Shop Black: Complete List of African American Owned Grocery Stores & Farmers Markets

VegOut | Black-Owned Vegan Restaurants in Los Angeles

VegOut | 11 Black-Owned Vegan Businesses to Support That Ship Nationwide


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