Resources in the Tools category include how-to type information that can be directly applied to projects such as toolkits, manuals, tip sheets, etc. This section is great for people working on or starting a healthy corner store initiative.

If you are looking for topic specific information (“evaluation” for example), there are two ways to narrow your search. Try clicking on one of the many tags on the right side of the section. You can also type in key words in the search box on the top right of the page.

New Toolkits from the NYC Health Department and Center for Economic Opprotunity

August 1, 2013 in Tools

The NYC Health Department and Center for Economic Opportunity released two new toolkits to help groups increase access to healthier food in their communities! The first is an implementation guide to help large community organizations implement a food retail program that aims to impact supply and demand by working with food retailers, suppliers, and distributors, and with community residents.
The second is an Adopt a Shop toolkit, which provides resources and tools for residents and small community-based organization interested in supporting a corner store or supermarket to make healthy changes or in promoting existing healthy retailers, such as farmers’ markets.
Click here for more information.

Health on the Shelf: A Guide to Healthy Small Food Retailer Certification Programs

April 8, 2013 in Featured Articles, Resources, Tools

In most communities, convenience stores are a common part of the retail landscape – and in many areas, both urban and rural, these stores are the only nearby places to buy food.

By establishing a healthy small food retailer program, government agencies and community-based organizations can support and give incentives to food retailers (including corner stores, bodegas, and rural markets) that are willing to sell healthy foods. Programs offer a range of materials and services to stores, from refrigeration equipment to technical assistance to vouchers for free fruits and vegetables.

This toolkit describes how to create a strong healthy small food retailer certification program that requires participating stores to increase the variety of healthy foods they sell, reduce the offerings of unhealthy foods, and proactively market healthy options with help from a sponsoring agency or organization. It provides step-by-step instructions for developing a certification program, with ideas and examples from existing programs.

A healthy small food retailer program can also be a great first step toward policy strategies, such as enacting a local licensing law requiring store owners to stock healthier foods, or it can provide support for communities that have already implemented a healthy food retailer licensing ordinance. ChangeLab Solutions has developed a Model Licensing Ordinance for Healthy Food Retailers, along with an accompanying guide that describes how the ordinance works and provides tips on how to implement it successfully in your community.

See full guide here: Health on the Shelf: A Guide to Healthy Small Food Retailer Certification Programs

Licensing & Zoning: Tools for Public Health

July 23, 2012 in Resources, Tools

ChangeLab Solutions, 2012.

Learn how licensing and zoning laws can help promote public health and how to choose the best strategy to meet the goals for your community. Also, learn the difference between licensing and zoning laws. This guide explains how regulations can be shaped to accomplish goals such as limiting the location or density of tobacco retailers or liquor stores, creating “healthy food zones” near schools, increasing the availability of healthy foods, and requiring acceptance of federal food assistance. Many of the licensing and zoning tools described might be helpful for people working on healthy corner store projects.

Download the full pdf here: Licensing & Zoning-Tools for Public Health.

Healthy Urban Food Enterprise Development Center

June 20, 2012 in Resources, Tools

Wallace Center at Winrock International.

The Healthy Urban Food Enterprise Development Center has many resources for people working on healthy food access projects. The Center provides grants and technical assistance to “support enterprise development and business-based approaches to getting more healthy food into communities with limited access.” It focuses on solutions that create jobs, provide economic incentives to farmers, and that can become self-sustaining. The Center–an outcome of the 2008 Farm Bill–is funded by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and supports 30 awards totaling over $885,000. The Center’s website includes information about its grantees.

Green for Greens: Finding Public Financing for Healthy Food Retail

February 3, 2012 in Featured Articles, Reports, Tools

January, 2012

Green for Greens: Finding Public Financing for Healthy Food Retail is a new publication from HCSN co-conveners ChangeLab Solutions. Bringing healthy food to “food deserts” requires tenacity, ingenuity, and a significant investment of capital. The good news is that there’s a substantial amount of public financing available for projects that make healthy food more available to low-income people. Federal, state, and local governments offer a range of funding programs that support economic development in these communities.

This guide provides a general overview of economic development and ideas for how to approach economic development agencies with healthy food retail proposals. It also provides a comprehensive overview of local, state, and federal economic development programs that have been or could be used for healthy food retail projects.

Access to Healthy Foods Toolkit

December 22, 2011 in Reports, Tools

This introductory toolkit from Policy Link provides information on four popular strategies used to help low-income and communities of color increase access to healthy, fresh, and affordable food. The toolkit helps you decide among Grocery Store Development, Corner Stores, Farmers’ Markets, and Urban Agriculture and Community Gardens programs and provides many of resources on how to get started. It includes research, data and mapping, and how to choose a tool.  Great resource for those just starting out.

National Agricultural Library WIC Learning Center: Food Packages Page

November 15, 2011 in Tools

This site provides numerous educational and publicity resources for staff involved in implementing the WIC package changes.

Minnesota Department of Health: WIC Program Information for Grocery Stores & Pharmacies

November 15, 2011 in Tools

This website includes extensive information about recent changes to WIC and implications for retailers. Numerous resources for retailers include posters, shelf labels, shelf talkers, a cashier checklist, a retailer fact sheet and UPC codes for both ineligible and eligible foods. A new WIC shopping guide is available as a pdf in both English and Spanish. Information includes Minnesota-specific resources as well as more general resources that will be useful in any state.

Grocery Merchandising Tips

November 14, 2011 in Tools

Healthy Foods Here. Directed toward store owners, this two-page handout includes ten merchandising tips to help small stores sell healthy food.

Our Favorite Recipes

November 14, 2011 in Tools

Cleveland Corner Store Project, 2009. This 62-page booklet / cookbook features nutritional, food safety, and cooking information, as well as dozens of healthy recipes.