TNDC Healthy Corner Store Coalition (HCSC)
The HCSC has grown beyond the Tenderloin to include Bayview and Ingleside in a movement to increase the options of healthy foods and produce in neighborhoods that haven't received the same investment as their wealthier neighbors. The Tenderloin notable lacks a full service grocery store and the community heavily relies on local corner stores for food. The HCSC strives to improve access to healthy, affordable food in the community by using the network of corner stores as a resource and investing in community members passionate about food justice.
Five neighborhood residents, known as Food Justice Leaders, have been hired and trained to work on building relationships with store owners, assessing store needs to create Corner Store guides, advocating for policy change, and helping with six store redesigns. The HCSC has followed the model of the Southeast Food Access working group in the Bayview community and has collaborated with them, along with many partners, to advocate for San Francisco’s adoption of the Healthy Food Retail Incentives Program legislation in September 2013.
The HCSC was founded by a group of youth from the Southeast Asian Development Center (formerly the Vietnamese Youth Development Center) before becoming a program in TNDC's Community Organizing department. We recognize and value the passion, hard work, and determination that made HCSC possible in the first place.
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