The non-profit Social Compact, in partnership with funding from the California Endowment and the California Freshworks Fund, developed a Richmond Grocery Gap report. This report will be a useful tool in understanding how food is distributed and consumed across Richmond. This report assess residents' ability to access fresh, healthy food and the market potential for fresh, full service grocers in the community. Highlights from the report illustrate:
Approximately 33% of the Richmond study area total population (or 30,878 people) reside in “critical food access areas”.
Approximately 18% of the study area population (or 16,832 people) live in an area determined to be under-served yet demonstrate market potential to support additional grocery retail development.
Total grocery leakage - characterized as unmet demand for full-service grocers - from Richmond neighborhoods exceeds $21 million dollars.
Research has shown that food disparities, and resulting health complications, disproportionately affect low-income households and communities of color. This report will serve as an important tool in developing a plan to increase access to fresh and healthy foods to all residents of the Richmond community.