For diabetes patients, oases in the food desert

February 1, 2012 in News

February 1, 2012. Chicago Tribune


Diabetes patients in Chicago often live in neighborhoods without nearby supermarkets. The Healthy HotSpot Corner Stores Pilot Program (started in November) is working with more than 20 small suburban stores to increase access to healthy fresh foods. The corner stores initiative is just one way that Chicago is working to combat diabetes. Read more here.

Making Food Deserts Bloom

January 4, 2012 in News

January 4, 2012. Willamette Week

Corner Stores in Oregon’s Multnomah County Healthy Retail Initiative receive up to $4,500 incentives for new refrigerators and other incentives.  Funded through the CDC’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work, some question whether the strategy will pay off.  The county will be studying the response of consumers and store owners as the program continues.

Louisville Adds Two New Healthy Corner Stores

December 13, 2011 in News

City Unveils Two New ‘Healthy in a Hurry Stores’
WFPL News, Dec. 12, 2011

The six and seventh “Healthy in a Hurry Stores” open in Louisville, Kentucky, part of  of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement, which received a $7.9 million federal grant last year to address the lack food security in low-income areas. Happy Food Mart owned by Muhammad Akbar, who is using approximately $17,000 in grant funds to buy signage, equipment, technical assistance and a first order of produce. The Portland neighborhood store is the Curtis Market, which is owned by James Mitchell, who is using approximately $8,000 to expand the selection of fresh produce and to market the store throughout the area.

The organizers say fighting for food security at the corner stores level is a strategic advantage, but it has also proved to be financially successful for business owners. “They’re very prominent in communities and neighborhoods, they’re within walking distance from most residents and so having them have healthier food options for the residents just seemed like a great idea,” she says. “We now with the sixth and seventh we have some of the early participants in the program being able to show and demonstrate that their sales have actually increased for the entire store by virtue of adding the healthier food products.”

Neighborhood stores get healthy makeover

September 27, 2011 in News

KVNO News, September 27, 2011. The Douglas County Health Department is working with neighborhood corner stores to bring healthier options to North Omaha, Nebraska. It’s difficult for some residents in the area to access healthy food. The project, partially funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control, is helping make improvements to stores, including new signage and in-store displays. On Thursdays, area stores host healthy food demonstrations and taste tests, to make “the healthy choice the easy choice.” Project managers state that one of the challenges is “breaking habits”and getting people to shift what they buy at corner stores will be a long term project.

Public health groups showcase healthy options at Mattapan corner stores

April 22, 2011 in News

Boston.com, April 22, 2011. The Boston Public Health Commission and the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition are partnering to bring healthier food options to two Mattapan neighborhood corner stores. The area is known as a food desert and has the highest rates of obesity in the city. The Healthy on the Block program, funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control, aims to make healthy options more attractive and visible to customers, by working with storeowners to market and handle produce more effectively. Healthier foods will be placed near the front of the stores and produce will be displayed in baskets instead of cardboard boxes.

Nashville’s neighborhood stores to offer fresher, healthier foods through grants

March 7, 2011 in News

The Tennessean, March 7, 2011. This is a description of Nashville’s new Healthy Corner Store program, funded through federal stimulus dollars [Communities Putting Preservation to Work]. The Metro Public Health Department and nonprofit partners Community Food Advocates will select 29 corner stores to participate in the program, which will provide grants to for equipment upgrades. Four stores will receive $5,000 for larger items such as refrigeration cases and the remaining stores will receive up to $500 for smaller purchases, such as baskets for displaying fruit. The program also aims to organize a distribution network for produce and provide training. Five stores will participate in a pilot project this summer. Go here to see a video clip about the project.

Healthier Food Options Just Around the Corner

March 1, 2011 in News

Spokane Regional Health District, March 1, 2011. This press release describes the progress of a Spokane, Washington, corner store in the Spokane Regional Health District healthy corner store program. Bong’s Grocery and Deli now has a “Healthy Corner Area,” a fresh produce rack with 15 varieties of fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads, and free recipes. Throughout the store, healthier foods are labeled, making it easier for customers to locate healthy options. Health District staff members are helping the store by offering technical support and business training. Funding is provided in part by a grant from the CDC through the Communities Putting Prevention to Work program. See a video clip about the program here.

New “Healthy in a Hurry” Store Opens in Shawnee

September 24, 2010 in News

Press Release, September 24, 2010. A second Healthy in a Hurry corner store opened in Louisville, Kentucky in late September, bringing fresh produce into in an underserved area. According to a 2009 survey, more than 6,000 residents live within one mile of the market and 80% of respondents said that they would buy fruits and vegetables at the market if available. A $20,000 grant from the Communities Putting Prevention to Work Initiative helped the store to purchase refrigeration units and to make construction improvements.