Many communities in the South Los Angeles area are already considered food deserts, lacking grocery stores with fresh produce, and the coronavirus pandemic has rapidly heightened that issue. To help combat this problem, and also help farmers who are reportedly being forced to let fruit and vegetables rot in the fields, Community Health Councils, First Five L.A., Best Start and SEE-LA have launched an eight-week program to hand out 1,000 free farm boxes weekly to four communities in South LA.

The produce will change from week to week, but the box will include things like broccoli, kale, lettuce, sweet potatoes and oranges.

Anyone interested in getting one of these farm boxes can get them at the following Best Start locations:

West Athens: Girls Club of Los Angeles, 2057 W. Century Blvd., from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays

Watts/Willowbrook: Macedonia Baptist Church, 1755 E. 114th St., from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays

Broadway/Manchester: Peace Chapel Church, 7656 S. Avalon Blvd., from 10 a.m. to noon on Fridays

Compton/East Compton: Compton Chamber of Commerce, 700 N. Bullis Rd., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays.

To learn more about Community Health Councils visit www.communityhealthcouncil.org. For more information on this initiative visit https://www.first5la.org/best-start-networks/.