Bringing healthy food to communities.
What it Is
The California FreshWorks Fund is a public-private financing program that invests in grocery stores and other forms of healthy food retail and distribution in underserved communities.
Why it Matters
For over 1 million California residents, fresh foods are not readily available for purchase in their local communities. People living in underserved areas have higher rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and many other diet-related chronic illnesses than those living in neighborhoods where healthy food is easily accessible.
The Benefits of FreshWorks
Adding a supermarket or other healthy food retailer in underserved neighborhoods not only gives local residents greater healthy food options but also spurs economic development that supports the overall health of the community. FreshWorks and its partners have provided financing and support to over 78 projects totaling more than $70MM invested in California communities. Whether you’re an investor or a healthy food business, FreshWorks provides financial tools that help you do well by doing good.