Los Angeles County is providing up to two new Energy Star glass door fridges for free of charge to eligible small companies by way of its Healthy Stores Refrigeration Program, Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis introduced Thursday.
The program seeks to promote wholesome meals choices in low-income communities, cut back greenhouse gasoline emissions, and assist to small companies relating to power effectivity upgrades and the advantages of providing wholesome meals choices, Solis mentioned.
The program additionally provides retailer homeowners the chance to save on power utilization and utility payments and supply non-processed or minimally processed meals choices for the communities they serve, Solis mentioned.
“Los Angeles County residents, especially those with limited transportation, depend on their local community grocers for everyday needs, making these stores critical to the health of a community,” Solis mentioned on the ribbon-cutting ceremony for energy-efficient fridges lately put in at Lupita’s Market within the Northeast Los Angeles neighborhood of Cypress Park.
“Through the Healthy Stores Refrigeration Program, the county is committed to making healthy food accessible in these local stores by providing free, upgraded refrigeration equipment so store owners can stock them with healthy, nutritious food options.”
The program “not only took away our old, bad, inefficient equipment, but gave us twice as much in return,” permitting With Love Market and Cafe in Pico-Union to improve its refrigerated vegetable choice by 50%, mentioned proprietor Andrew McDowell.
The program is funded by a $1.4 million grant awarded by the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Sixteen shops have participated in this system, Solis mentioned. HSRP fridges might be positioned in 80 shops all through Los Angeles County by 2022, in accordance to Solis.