Alchemist CDC is currently partnering with two stores to increase the offerings of fresh produce and healthier items available in their stores, provide related nutrition/food preparation information and promotional support for the healthy items now offered in the stores.
Sam’s Market (23rd Ave. & 42nd St. 95820) With the owner’s commitment to offer fresh locally-grown produce in the store, it is one of the few sources for healthy food in this area of South Oak Park that has been identified as a food desert. Additions to the store include a grab and grow produce snack cooler, a healthy beverages cooler, and 2 produce display shelves of vegetables for meal preparation. Additional shelf tags and exterior signage promote healthy food choices.
Elder Creek Market (7025 Elder Creek Road 95824) serving the Southeast Village, Avondale and Glen Elder neighborhoods. This family owned and operated store is planning a future expansion in order to better serve the grocery and convenience needs of the neighborhood. Additions to the store so far include multiple produce fixtures and healthy recipes/nutrition information right at the door and check out area, as well as a large banner outside the store promoting healthy eating. Keep an eye out for a mural coming soon.
With funding from The California Endowment, Alchemist CDC is working in partnership with several other Sacramento-based non-profits to improve access to healthy foods in the south area of Sacramento (from Oak Park, south to 47th Ave., between Franklin Boulevard and Power Inn Road). This project is being carried out as part of the Building Healthy Communities initiative, a statewide strategy to improve the health of selected communities www.calendow.org/healthycommunities
To determine if you reside within the South Sacramento Building Healthy Communities area, please check the BHC map.