History of the Healthy Food Retail Initiative
The PRCHN and REACH partners developed the Healthy Food Retail Initiative with input from the Food Trust, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to healthy food. The Food Trust has created a vibrant healthy corner store program in Philadelphia that includes nearly 600 stores. They are a national technical assistance provider for all REACH grantees.
The REACH team engaged residents in the target communities to nominate stores in their neighborhood where they saw an opportunity to add healthy offerings. Residents were also able to suggest other healthy food items. Two PRCHN-trained Community Health Ambassadors
worked alongside two PRCHN interns during summer 2016 to assess and recruit stores for the Healthy Retail Initiative and completed a baseline inventory at each store. Based on the information gathered, the PRCHN is making recommendations on healthy food items that the store owner feels confident he/she could sell. Read more about the store recruitment process in the July 2016 issue of the PRCHN Connection.
Learn more about the burgeoning healthy retail movement in Cuyahoga County in the following video.