Healthy Corners is a pioneering venture that is sustainably expanding healthy food access in DC neighborhoods experiencing food apartheid, a term coined by community activist Karen Washington. We deliver produce to corner stores in DC’s low-income communities, offering fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables to store owners at wholesale prices and in smaller quantities than a conventional distributor. Our partner stores then sell the produce at below-market prices, making it an affordable and accessible option for the consumer. This venture is made possible through a mix of earned revenue, philanthropic support, and a significant partnership with DC Health.
Healthy Corners has demonstrated significant demand in low-income communities for our fresh, affordable food deliveries to corner stores. We regularly offer new products that encourage healthy eating, actively increase our on-the-go product offerings, and work to support local DMV farmers in all seasons.
The program also provides stores with marketing support, technical assistance, and nutrition training. We facilitate a Store Owner Community of Practice for stores to learn and share best practices as they work with the program to expand their capacity for healthier products and meet the needs of their community. In addition, DC Central Kitchen hosts weekly events for customers at or near corner stores that include cooking demonstrations and community partners.
The Healthy Corners Shopper App is a free, robust tool for new and existing customers where they can view produce availability and benefits by location, engage with delicious recipes, and explore community resources at their fingertips! You can download the app here.
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Select stores in the Healthy Corners program currently offer a “SNAP Match” coupon program for SNAP/EBT customers and/or serve as DC WIC-approved vendors.
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