LA Troka’s NEW Mobile Interactive Culinary Program Sows Culture and Nutrition in the Community

LOS ANGELES – (November 29, 2017) – LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes (LA Plaza), the nation’s premier Mexican American culture center in Los Angeles, marks the end of this year’s harvest season with the launch of its new initiative – LA Troka ¡Sembrando Cultura y Nutrición!

LA Troka is a mobile teaching garden, made possible by a partnership with the PepsiCo Foundation that will bring LA Plaza’s Edible Teaching Garden and Culinary Arts program to local schools and community centers throughout Los Angeles.

Together, LA Plaza and the PepsiCo Foundation will build upon LA Plaza’s mission by engaging students in local communities to explore the culture and history, production, and nutritional value of fruits and vegetables cultivated and domesticated in the Americas.

LA Troka made its first official stop at Para Los Niños Gratts Primary Center and engaged with a group of neighborhood children. “LA Troka is true to sowing culture and nutrition among our L.A. community,” said John Echeveste, LA Plaza CEO. “Thanks to the PepsiCo Foundation, the multi-sensory-hands-on explorations facilitate student dialogue and empower students to make healthy food choices while inspiring cultural connections in the process.”

The LA Troka mobile unit will be taking health and nutrition education to the streets of Los Angeles starting November 29. The mobile art display, created by Boyle Heights artist Ernesto Yerena Montejano, will carry the necessary tools for student tactile exploration, production, physical, garden and culinary activity as well as nutrition, history and cultural education. The mobile unit will empower student participants to learn about the nutritional value of fruits and vegetables, explore affordable nutrition and practice healthy choices beyond the mobile experience.

“The PepsiCo Foundation has partnered with LA Plaza since 2011 to prioritize the health and well-being of students in this community, and we are extremely proud to expand our partnership through the launch of the PepsiCo Mobile Teaching Garden,” said Albert P. Carey, Chief Executive Officer PepsiCo North America. “We’ve collaborated to create health-awareness programming in the heart of Los Angeles to reach a diverse community of students, educators and families, and the launch of LA Troka provides a next great step in expanding our impact.”

“Para Los Niños is proud to be a part of this initiative, as our work is already aligned to make nutrition services accessible to communities in need,” said Drew Furedi, Para Los Niños President & CEO. “We thank LA Plaza and PepsiCo Foundation for a driving notable change in Los Angeles with LA Troka, an innovative approach to help wheel health education to new heights.”

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The PepsiCo Foundation funded LA Plaza’s Edible Teaching Garden and Culinary Arts programs in 2011. The PepsiCo Foundation continues to give rise to valuable programs such as LA Troka. For more information on related programs visit: or LA Plaza Facebook page to follow LA Troka stops near you.



LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is the nation’s premier center of Mexican American culture offering interactive exhibits and dynamic programs engaging visitors of all backgrounds to explore and contribute to the ongoing story of Mexican Americans in Los Angeles and beyond. Located near the site where Los Angeles was founded in 1781, LA Plaza’s mission is to celebrate and cultivate an appreciation for the enduring and evolving influence of Mexican American culture, with a specific focus on the unique Mexican American experience in Los Angeles and Southern California.



Established in 1962, the PepsiCo Foundation works with non-profit partners to develop innovative, sustainable solutions that address challenges in underserved communities around the world.  The Foundation, along with PepsiCo and its employees, seeks to catalyze efforts that advance our Performance with Purpose 2025 goals related to increasing access to nutritious servings, providing access to safe water, partnering to increase recycling rates, and enabling young women to progress through school and be successful in the workforce. For more information, please visit


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