Announcing The Healthy Food Access Portal

PolicyLink, The Food Trust, and The Reinvestment Fund invite you to visit the Healthy Food Access Portal (, a compendium of resources needed to launch healthy food retail projects that can deliver healthy food and economic vitality to communities of color and low-income neighborhoods. Developed with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the portal captures stories, data, information, news, and resources that advocates, community members, and policymakers need to secure healthy food access. Portal content is organized around key topic areas to assist visitors whose levels of need and experience may vary. The portal collects and regularly updates content and invites users to be active participants by submitting their own experiences, questions, and tips via the portal discussion forum. Please visit the portal and tell others about it.

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Healthy Food Access

San Luis Obispo County Gains New Grocer and More Jobs

50,052 residents of a California community have increased access to healthy foods and 140 jobs closer to home, as $1.7 million in unique financing allows a new business to invest in San Luis Obispo County. One of the first loans disbursed by California FreshWorks Fund, LLC provides El Rancho Marketplace the means to open a new grocery store serving Pismo Beach, Grover Beach, Arroyo Grande, Oceano, and Shell Beach.

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NCB Capital

Northgate Gonzalez Markets Opens New, Full Service Grocery in Inglewood

The newest grocery store in the Northgate Gonzalez Markets system opened in Inglewood, CA, on Wednesday, November 14. The long awaited store will serve customers in Inglewood, Lennox, Westchester and surrounding communities. The 30,000 square foot full service market will employ more than 100 people. The $10 million site rehabilitation and construction cost of the store was made possible with $7.5 million in financing and investment by the California FreshWorks Fund, NCB Capital Impact and US Bank, all partnering to bring fresh foods to areas lacking in an adequate number of grocery stores. The assistance of grants from The California Endowment, as well as National Cooperative Bank funds targeting at bringing fresh foods to areas lacking an adequate number of grocery stores.

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Northgate Gonzalez

New Farmer’s Market Opens in Long Beach

Thousands of residents of the Carmelitos Public Housing Project and the surrounding community of North Long Beach will have easier access to essential foods for a healthy life with the launch of The Certified Growing Experience Farmer’s Market. The year-round, weekly farmer’s market, which kicks-off this Saturday, is the first in the area. The Growing Experience Farmer’s Market is organized by The Community Development Foundation of Los Angeles County (CDF), which received a grant of $105,000 from the California FreshWorks Fund to support the planning and launch of a local farmer’s market. The FreshWorks Fund grant was used to obtain an expert feasibility analysis and consulting services for the initial launch of the farmer’s market. Additionally, funds were used to purchase supplies and complete training and marketing activities.

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Los Angeles Community Development Commission

105,080 Inglewood Residents to Get Healthy Foods and 100 New Jobs Close to Home

More than 105,000 residents of Inglewood will soon have increased access to healthy foods and new, local employment opportunities. The California FreshWorks Fund, a public-private partnership managed by NCB Capital Impact, partnered with U.S. Bank to disburse more than $7.6 million in New Markets Tax Credit financing to Northgate Gonzalez Markets for a full-scale renovation of a 30,000 square foot building to create a new full-service supermarket located at 10801 South Prairie Avenue, Inglewood, CA 90303. The market is expected to employ over 100 people.

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The California Endowment

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