Corner stores — often thought of as a source of unhealthy foods—can be key partners in the effort to improve access to healthy, affordable foods.

Through the Healthy Corner Store Initiative, The Food Trust, a nationally recognized nonprofit, supports corner store owners who want to increase the healthy food inventory in their stores and help their customers make healthier choices. The Food Trust’s work in corner stores is just one piece of the organization’s comprehensive approach to improving access to the healthy foods necessary to live a healthy life.

In Western New York, the Healthy Corner Store Initiative has installed coolers for the healthy food inside Food Plus Market and Buff City Exclusive Market, located at 90 Lisbon Avenue. The coolers, purchased through funding provided by the P2 Collaborative, will be stocked with fresh produce bought from local growers and distributers, including Urban Fruits and Veggies and the Community Action Organization of Erie County. Cornell Cooperative Extension Eat Smart New York will be on site several times throughout the year with taste tests and healthy tips showing local residents that nutritious can be delicious.

For more information about the Healthy Corner Store Initiative activities, contact Annie Todd, Community Impact Coordinator for the Mobile Safety-Net Team at (716) 854-3494 or via email.