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PRC Project: Cleveland Corner Store Project
The Cleveland Corner Store Project helped increase the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables in convenience stores in under-served Cleveland neighborhoods as a way of addressing food insecurity. It also involved the reduction of tobacco and alcohol signage in such stores.The research was conducted through the Center for Health Promotion Research and was led by co-founder and former co-convener of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition, Matt Russell.  While funding for the project concluded in 2009, the findings and protocol of the project are being applied in the core project of the PRCHN, called "Increasing Access to Healthy Foods in Urban Neighborhoods." Also, some of the convenience stores in the original program have continued on with the practice of carrying fresh produce for their customers' benefit
The program was featured in a New York Times story in 2009 and also resulted in an academic paper on the topic. You may be interested to peruse the final reportFAQ, and a large poster describing the results of the study.

Members of Food Policy Coalition's Health & Nutrition Working Group contributed through OSU-E's Extended Family and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP).  The Local Purchasing Working Group was also involved: the group explored the feasibility of the produce featured in the program coming from local sources and was able to include a large number of apples via the City Fresh program.