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The Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles is committed to making healthy food options more accessible for the communities they serve. CRA/LA has helped leverage millions of dollars in grant and other funding and continues to create and support innovate programs that make fresh food access possible.






























Fresh Food Access

Food Retailers Incentive Program
In 2007, the City of Los Angeles launched the Food Retailers Incentive Program, to increase healthy eating options by locating new grocery stores, sit-down restaurants and fresh food markets in the South Los Angeles region.   The Mayor and City Council, in partnership with the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA) were successful in attracting mulitple new food retailers to underserved communities in South Los Angeles including Fresh and Easy, Superior Market,  rehabilitation of the Mercado de la Paloma and the new Farmer’s Market Kitchen in Hollywood.

Community Market Conversion Program
The Community Market Conversion (CMC) is a program of the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA). In partnership with Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative and RENEW LA County, the CMC pilot program will transform 4 corner stores in South Los Angeles into vibrant healthy local food markets with fresh produce, through a community guided process. The Program includes extensive community outreach and partnerships aimed at expanding access to healthy food, improving nutrition and reducing obesity. The CMC pilot stores will have groundbreakings in spring 2012.

The CalFresh Program, formerly known as Food Stamps and federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), can add to your food budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table. The program issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores.

The CalFresh Program helps to improve the health and well-being of qualified households and individuals by providing them a means to meet their nutritional needs.

Food4Less Rehabilitation
Four Food 4 Less grocery stores in Los Angeles are in the process of extensive interior and exterior rehabilitations through a public-private partnership between The Kroger Co., JP Morgan Chase and the Los Angeles Development Fund, a New Markets Tax Credit program administered by the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles. The work will improve community access to fresh, healthy food in areas that are direly in need.

The Kroger Co., of which Food 4 Less is a subsidiary, is investing $9.2 million in the renovations,
with the remaining funding provided through the New Markets Tax Credits program and investor JP Morgan Chase under the management of the Los Angeles Development Fund. The New Markets Tax Credit program is a federal initiative that promotes economic development in low income communities by providing low-cost financing to developers.

Fresh Works Fund
A project of The California Endowment and an all-star team of partners, including CRA/LA, FreshWorks is a $200 million public-private partnership loan fund created to increase access to healthy, affordable food in underserved communities, spur economic development, and inspire innovation in healthy food retailing.

The fund will make communities across California healthier by working directly with grocers on developing new and improved places to buy nutritious food.  According to Fresh Work Fund partners, the new stores are expected to create or retain around 6000 jobs in California.