NPI research featured in Civil Eats article on California’s $20 million investment in the Healthy Refrigeration Grant Program

Feb 22, 2022

California will invest $20 million in the Healthy Refrigeration Grant Program, which offers grants to individual stores as well as organizations to expand access to fresh foods in communities experiencing reduced access to fresh, diverse foods. Civil Eats highlighted the investment in a Feb. 22, 2022 article titled ‘California Gives a Big Boost to Corner Stores that Sell Fresh Produce'. The article features evaluation findings of the grant program led by Nutrition Policy Institute researcher Wendi Gosliner in collaboration with Marisa Tsai and Elsa Esparza. Gosliner's research is quoted as “store owners noted that the Healthy Refrigeration Grant Program's California-grown specification posed a significant hurdle. Some produce doesn't have origin labels at all, making it impossible to determine if it qualifies, and sometimes the fruits and vegetables that customers prefer aren't available at an affordable price from California growers.”

By Danielle L. Lee
Author - Director of Communications & Research Engagement
By Wendi Gosliner
Editor - Project scientist