A new Grocery Outlet brings healthy food options and jobs to north Promise Zone residents
October 2018 - September 13, 2018 was a historic day in the Sacramento Promise Zone. Over 200 community members came out to support and be a part of the North Sacramento Grocery Outlet Grand Opening. The event, which included speakers, giveaways and festive songs, marks the end of more than two decades without a grocery store for North Sacramento.
Like many other Promise Zone communities, area residents previously faced many barriers to accessing healthy produce. Local grocery options were sparse and limited to a few convenience store items. Many residents had to travel far from home to do their shopping, a particularly significant barrier to healthy lifestyles for those with limited income and mobility.
For this former food desert, the new Grocery Outlet represents an oasis of good health. In addition to healthy food access, this new development is also poised to provide jobs and economic development. Grocery Outlet’s opening represents over 50 permanent jobs and is also a beacon for additional investment as a sign that the area is open for business. Proceeds from purchases made during the grand opening’s first two hours were donated to the Roberts Family Development Center, a local nonprofit dedicated to early childhood and parent education, economic empowerment, and technology literacy.