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