Food & Agriculture - City of Stockton

Food & Agriculture

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Stocked Full of Produce Grant Program

The City’s Stocked Full of Produce Grant Program addresses food insecurity by offering retail stores grant funding to assist with needed infrastructure upgrades to promote the sale and storage of healthier food options. These grants can be used to make improvements such as the installation of new refrigeration or shelving. The City is able to offer this grant using Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Federal Funding and is proud to partner with the Refresh San Joaquin in addressing food insecurity in Stockton.  

 

Eligible properties must by retail outlets such as corner stores or convenience stores and be located within area designated as Food Deserts.

 

Eligible Projects:

  1. Only retail properties, such as convenience stores or corner stores located within targeted areas of the City of Stockton (see Food Deserts Map in External Links), are eligible for this program. Properties outside of these areas will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for eligibility in accordance with CDBG regulations.
  2. Grants shall only be used for interior upgrades such as shelving or storage, cosmetic enhancements to improve the layout of the store and encourage customers to purchase healthier food options, infrastructure improvements to building, eligible equipment such as cold storage units, and labor for installation of improvements.
  3. Properties are eligible for one grant under this program.
  4. The property shall remain in compliance with all program guidelines and be maintained in a way consistent with the City of Stockton building and zoning codes. These grants are provided at the discretion of the Director of the Economic Development Department, or designee, based upon staff recommendation.
  5. Maximum grant funding $10,000 per project.

Stocked Full of Produce Application

Stocked Full of Produce Program Guidelines

 

Food and Ag Plan

  • In 2015, the City Council adopted the “City of Stockton Economic Development Strategic Plan”, which included a focus on the strong food and agriculture-related assets in the region.
  • By summer 2016, the City engaged Valley Vision to assist in developing a Food and Agriculture Action Plan.
  • Published in 2017, the Action Plan created a roadmap for addressing topics such as: fostering a supportive agricultural enterprise ecosystem, promoting food and beverage manufacturing, agricultural workforce development, addressing food insecurity, and leveraging the region’s agricultural bounty & entrepreneurial spirit.

Current efforts underway to implement the Action Plan recommendations from include the rollout of a new infrastructure grant program, Stocked Full of Produce, and the development of the Stockton Urban Ag Ordinance. 

Food and Ag Plan

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Food and Ag Activities to Date

March 2018:  AgPlus Stockton

Small business forum held in partnership with AgPlus Fresno highlighting resources available to small agriculture and food manufacturing businesses.  

March & April 2018:  Urban Ag Ordinance Community Meetings

Series of community meetings to spotlight the development of an Urban Ag Ordinance. 

May 2018:  Feast at the Fox

Farm-to-table dining experience produced in partnership with Visit Stockton, the City of Stockton and Delta College Culinary Arts Program.

May 2018:  Stocked Full of Produce Grant Program

Program for food insecurity that offers retail stores grant funding to assist with needed infrastructure upgrades to promote the sale and storage of healthier food options.

 

Upcoming Activities

June & July 2018:   Urban Ag Ordinance Community Meetings

Exact dates to be announced.

  

External Links


Refresh San Joaquin

Food Desert Map

This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 5/18/2018