Partner Focus: Healthy Corner Store Coalition

There is no full-service grocery store in the Tenderloin, something more affluent neighborhoods take for granted. Corner stores fill some of the gap, but until recently most focused almost exclusively on liquor, cigarettes, soft drinks, and snacks.

We are proud to partner with the Tenderloin Healthy Corner Store Coalition (TLHCSC) to change this. TLHCSC trains Food Justice Leaders, community residents who build relationships with store owners, to assess store needs, advocate for policy change, and help with store redesign. One of our Community Organizers—Ryan Thayer—leads TLHCSC training and supports Food Justice Leaders’ efforts to “reset” our corner stores. Today, residents of the Tenderloin can shop at four (4) corner stores that have been redesigned to make room for fresh fruits, vegetables, and other healthy options. Studies show that this type of thoughtful redesign helps motivate shoppers to select healthy food over less nutritious options.

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