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The Shumei America National Center will launch its inaugural “Healthy Food For All” project beginning Sept. 30 and again on Oct. 1 in Watts.

Organizers plan to distribute more than three tons of Natural Agriculture Jasmine Rice to impoverished residents in Watts, as well as assist non-profit organizations who feed disadvantaged and homeless residents within Los Angeles County. This rice will be distributed to Harbor Interfaith Services which feeds more than 9,000 homeless persons each year, and the Watts Towers Arts Center which has served as a curator of the Watts Towers and serves the Watts community for more than 57 years. The Watts group works primarily on a “food desert,” where people have to sometimes travel miles outside of their neighborhood to find desired fresh organic produce.

“Everyone deserves to eat healthy food, and because we have been blessed with our rice farmer harvesting a tremendously abundant crop of this superior Natural Agriculture Jasmine rice, it felt right to share our abundance with as many people as possible, as well as to encourage them to pay more attention to eating healthy food,” said Eugene Imai, executive director of Shumei America. “Furthermore, the Healthy Food For All Project is an expansion of our summer Healthy Food For Youth Program, where we have supplied free Jasmine rice this year to three of the Shumei Summer Youth Camps in the state of Delaware, in Crestone, Colorado, and in Santa Cruz, Calif.”

“Natural Agriculture” is recognized as a sustainable farming method that goes beyond organic—meaning no pesticides, fertilizers, or animal manure. More than just a farming method, Natural Agriculture is a way of life that’s centered around love and care for farmer, food, earth, and eater. One of Shumei America’s long-term goals is for Natural Agriculture Food to be on every table.

The Watts Towers Arts Center will distribute one ton of rice (in two-pound bags) during the Watts Towers Drum and Jazz Festivals on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at 1727 E. 107th St., Los Angeles.

For more details, call (626) 584-8841.