Healthy Options Made Easier For Corner Store Patrons

April 5, 2012 in News, April 5, 2012.

The Long Beach Neighborhood Store Partnership is hosting food demonstrations at corner stores in North Long Beach. The project, which started in 2009, works with five corner stores in the area to encourage the availability of healthy products, as well as labeling that makes it easy for customers to find healthier items. Customers learn to make healthy meals and snacks using food available from each market. They’ll also get free tastes and recipe books. Students from a nearby high school will assist with the demonstration.


Healthy Corner Store Conversion Request for Proposals

March 28, 2012 in News

Working on a corner store project in California? Need financing? Check out this opportunity:

“The California FreshWorks Fund (FreshWorks) announces the availability of $1 million in capital to support healthy corner store conversion programs throughout the state of California.

FreshWorks will award up to ten $100,000 capital investments to qualified intermediaries that work with store owners to implement conversion activities that promote the sale of healthy foods including fresh produce and diary, low-sugar drinks and healthy snacks. The capital investments will take the form of low-interest loans, with partial forgiveness of loan principal available based on performance.”

The due date for applications is May 7, 2012.

Awards will be announced July 9, 2012.

For more information and to fill out an application, go here.

Foundation offers $200 million to help California “food deserts”

July 22, 2011 in News

San Francisco Chronicle, July 22, 2011.Thanks to $200 million from the California Endowment’s new California FreshWorks Fund, food retailers and distributors across the state can apply for loans and grants to increase the amount of healthy food available in areas that lack access. The organization wants to foster “food opportunity zones” using “market-based solutions that will be financially successful.” Several banks are investing in the fund, which is modeled after Pennsylvania’s Fresh Food Financing Initiative.

Healthy Food For All: Healthy Corner Store Strategies from Across the United States

January 1, 2009 in Reports

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, 2009. This report provides short profiles of corner store projects around the country that have successfully expanded the selection of healthier foods: Apache Healthy Stores, Neighborhood Project in Chicago, Hartford Food System Project, Literacy for Environmental Justice, California Food Policy Advocates, Healthy Food Purchase Pilot Program in CA, and the Center for Health Equity in Louisville, KY. It also includes a section on lessons learned at the end.