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Renée Günter grew up hungry in South L.A. Now her mission is running a fresh produce shop there.

Renée Günter grew up hungry in South L.A. Now her mission is running a fresh produce shop there.

Renée Günter has traveled an unlikely path to become founder and owner of the fresh produce shop Daily Organics in South Los Angeles.

"I grew up with no food," says Günter, reflecting on her impoverished childhood in the area. "I'm that person who survived sometimes by eating out of a trash can. I stole [school] lunches because I was hungry."

Today she sells mostly local-farm-sourced fruits and vegetables out of a mint-green shipping container at the Shops at Adams Gateway, the new container village on Adams Boulevard near Fairfax Avenue. Open nine months now — Günter operated a mobile farm stand for two years prior to being at...

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