Our Partners

We cannot eliminate food deserts on our own. Our partners are critical to us and are helping to bring healthy food to every community.

Bank of America

Bank of America is one of the world’s largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small- and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 58 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 5,800 retail banking offices and approximately 18,000 ATMs and award-winning online banking with 30 million active users. Bank of America is among the world’s leading wealth management companies and is a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 4 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations in more than 40 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Learn more at www.bankofamerica.com.

CA Grocers Association

The California Grocers Association is a non-profit trade association representing the food industry since 1898. CGA represents approximately 500 retail members operating over 6,000 food stores in California and Nevada, and approximately 200 grocery supplier companies. Retail membership includes chain and independent supermarkets, convenience stores and mass merchandisers. More information is available atwww.cagrocers.com.

The California Endowment

The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. For more information, please visit www.calendow.org.

Calvert Foundation

Calvert Foundation is a nonprofit organization that pioneered a new type of investing that delivers a social and financial return. People invest in us through the Community Investment Note and then we invest in organizations around the world that empower people living in low-income communities. Learn more at www.calvertfoundation.org.

Charles Schwab

Charles Schwab Bank offers a wide range of retail banking products and services, including checking and savings accounts, lending products and other banking services to retail customers throughout the United States. Charles Schwab Bank (member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender) is a subsidiary of the Charles Schwab Corporation, which provides a full range of securities, brokerage, banking, money management and financial advisory services through its operating subsidiaries. Its broker-dealer subsidiary, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (member SIPC), and affiliates offer a complete range of investment services and products including an extensive selection of mutual funds; financial planning and investment advice; retirement plan and equity compensation plan services; referrals to independent fee-based investment advisors; and custodial, operational and trading support for independent, fee-based investment advisors.


Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JP Morgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.2 trillion and operations in more than 60 countries. Chase serves consumers and businesses in California through more than 830 bank branches and 3,100 ATMs, mortgage offices, and online and mobile banking as well as through relationships with auto dealerships and schools and universities. JP Morgan Chase employs more than 20,000 Californians. In 2010, JP Morgan Chase and its Foundation contributed more than $23 million to nonprofit organizations California, focusing on community development, education and arts & culture. More information about Chase is available at www.chase.com.

Citi Community Capital

Citi Community Capital (CCC) is a premier financial partner with nationally recognized expertise in financing all types of affordable housing and community reinvestment projects. CCC’s origination, structuring, asset and risk management staff across the country provides creative financing solutions designed to meet their clients’ needs. CCC helps community development financial institutions, real estate developers, national intermediaries and nonprofit organizations achieve their goals through a broad, integrated platform of debt and equity offerings.

Citi, the leading global financial services company, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 140 countries. Through Citicorp and Citi Holdings, Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management. Additional information may be found atwww.citigroup.com or www.citi.com.

Community Health Councils

Community Health Councils has, for more than a decade, been at the forefront of advocacy to eliminate health disparities by expanding healthcare coverage, increasing access to quality healthcare and improving the environment for under-resourced communities. CHC’s policy advocacy is grounded by the coalitions and the community-based initiatives that form the foundation of our work. Our dynamic network of coalitions is composed of neighborhood leaders, consumer advocates, healthcare, social services, educational and faith-based organizations serving communities in Los Angeles, across California and the US. Learn more at www.chc-inc.org.

Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA)

Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA) is a public agency of the City of Los Angeles and is regulated by the State of California. We make strategic investments to create economic opportunity, build affordable housing, generate good jobs and improve the quality of life for the people who live and work in 31 redevelopment project areas and three revitalization areas across the city. Our regions of operation include the West Valley, East Valley, Hollywood & Central, Downtown, Eastside, South Los Angeles and the Harbor. For more information, please go to http://www.crala.org.

Dignity Health

Dignity Health (DH), headquartered in San Francisco, CA, is a system of 40 hospitals and medical centers in California, Arizona, and Nevada. Founded in 1986 and formerly known as Catholic Healthcare West, it is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health care systems and the largest private hospital system in California. DH is committed to delivering compassionate, high-quality, affordable health care services with special attention to the poor and underserved. The DH network of nearly 10,000 physicians and approximately 54,000 employees provides health care services to more than five million people annually. In 2010, DH provided more than $1.3 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed patient care. For more information, please visit our website at www.dignityhealth.org.

Emerging Markets

Emerging Markets, Inc. is a double-bottom line consulting firm that assists financial institutions and food retailers in pursuing business opportunities in low-income communities. For the past decade, our firm has helped banks and supermarkets expand and operate, both profitably and responsibly, in underserved “emerging” markets. Our model is premised on defining clear, mutually-beneficial partnerships between community stakeholders and the private sector. www.emergingmarkets.us

Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 8.8 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: www.kp.org/newscenter.

Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) is a leading global financial services firm providing a wide range of investment banking, securities, and investment management services. The Firm’s employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments, institutions and individuals from more than 1,300 offices in 42 countries. Since 2006, Morgan Stanley has executed more than $3.6 billion in investments to strengthen underserved communities. For more information about Morgan Stanley, please visit www.morganstanley.com.

Capital Impact Partners

Capital Impact Partners helps people and communities reach their highest potential at every stage of life. As a non-profit community development finance institution, Capital Impact Partners provides financial services and technical assistance to help make high-quality health care, healthy foods, housing, and education more accessible and attainable, and eldercare more dignified and respectful. Capital Impact Partners has used its depth of experience, cooperative approach, and diverse network of alliances to generate over $1.9 billion in critical investments that create a high quality of life for low income people and communities. capitalimpact.org

Northern California Community Loan Fund

The Northern California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF) is a nonprofit that partners with socially conscious impact investors and mission-driven organizations to support low-income communities’ need for housing, education, healthcare, food, jobs and economic opportunity. For over 25 years, NCCLF has provided loans and working capital as well as consulting advice to local organizations working to ensure California’s communities are financially stable and culturally vibrant. And by investing in our loan fund, impact investors achieve their vision of realizing financial returns while funding social good. To date NCCLF has supported over 2,500 organizations, invested $254 million, leveraged over $1.6 billion in working capital, and impacted the lives of over 1.5 million people in low-income communities. Of over 100 Community Development Financial Institutions rated by Aeris, an independent third-party analyst, NCCLF is one of only six organizations to receive the highest possible AAA +1 rating. For more information, please visit http://www.ncclf.org.


NCB is a federally insured savings bank wholly owned by the Congressionally-chartered National Consumer Cooperative Bank (NCCB). NCB provides financial products and services for the nation’s cooperatives, their members, and socially responsible organizations. Serving both rural and urban neighborhoods, NCB is a leader in supplying grocery, health care, small business and housing solutions to the nation’s communities that are most in need. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., NCB has offices in Alaska, California, New York, Ohio and Virginia. To learn more, visit www.ncb.coop.

New Markets Tax Credit Program

New Markets Tax Credit Program (NMTC Program) is administered by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund). The NMTC Program spurs investment of private sector capital into distressed communities by providing a tax credit to corporate or individual taxpayers who make qualified equity investments in designated CDEs. The CDEs in turn, invest the capital raised into projects and businesses in low-income communities. The credit provided to the investor totals 39 percent of the investment in a CDE and is a seven year credit allowance period. Since the inception of the NMTC Program, the CDFI Fund has made 594 awards—totaling $29.5 billion in tax credit allocation authority—to CDEs through the NMTC Program. The equity raised through the tax credit stimulates economic growth, supports job creation and fosters small business growth in distressed communities across America. Learn more at www.cdfifund.gov.


PolicyLink is a national research and advocacy institute advancing economic and social equity. Founded in 1999, PolicyLink helps create sustainable communities of opportunity that offer access to quality jobs, affordable housing, good schools, transportation, and the benefits of healthy food and physical activity. The organization is based in Oakland (Calif.), with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington DC. www.policylink.org

Social Compact

Social Compact is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization formed by coalition of business leaders from across the country committed to promoting successful investment in lower-income communities. Working in close partnership with community and corporate leaders over the past decade and a half, Social Compact has pioneered the DrillDown™, a methodology to analyze inner-city markets and create accurate, business-oriented profiles of “emerging” neighborhood markets. Drawing on business disciplines and community strength, these DrillDown profiles have a strong track record of catalyzing sustainable, private investment, benefiting communities and businesses alike. www.socialcompact.org

State of California

Unified Grocers

Unified Grocers, Inc. was founded in 1922 and is a retailer-owned wholesale grocery distributor that supplies independent retailers throughout the western United States. Unified and its subsidiaries, which generated approximately $4 billion in sales during fiscal 2010, offer independent retailers all the resources they need to compete in the supermarket industry. www.unifiedgrocers.com

U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation

U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation (USBCDC) finances community development and affordable housing projects through the use of New Markets Tax Credits, Historic Tax Credits, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, and Investment Tax Credits in Renewable Energy. USBCDC is the most active New Markets Tax Credit investor in the country, investing billions of dollars nationwide in hundreds of transactions. These equity investments have provided much needed revitalization and new resources to communities throughout the country. It is a subsidiary of U.S. Bank, the fifth largest commercial bank in the United States, whose parent company is U.S. Bancorp. Learn more at www.usbank.com.

USDA California Office of Rural Development

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Mich., and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.

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