The Healthy Corner Store Initiative, a project developed out of the Mobile Safety-Net Team’s North East Buffalo Coalition, has successfully launched the initiative in 6 stores on the east side of Buffalo since early 2016. The goal is to bring healthy options into known food desert neighborhoods while providing technical support to store owners and nutrition education to the community. The initiative was recently awarded $118,000 from General Mills for a full time staff person and to increase our store owner trainings and community outreach efforts. We are currently seeking additional funding from the USDA to add a food aggregation component to our work.
The Healthy Corner Store Initiative addresses disparities in food access by creating a culture of health through engagement of residents in a healthy lifestyle in partnership with neighborhood stores.