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>DC Central Kitchen

We develop innovative social ventures to break the cycle of hunger and poverty

Healthy Corners

Healthy Corners is a pioneering venture that is sustainably expanding healthy food access in DC’s food deserts. We deliver fresh produce and healthy snacks to corner stores in DC’s low-income communities, offering produce to corner stores at wholesale prices and in smaller quantities than a conventional distributor. The stores then sell the produce at below-market prices, making it an affordable option for the consumer. This venture is made possible through a mix of earned revenue, philanthropic support, and a significant partnership with DC Health.

Instead of just giving away food, we have demonstrated significant demand in low-income communities for our fresh, affordable food deliveries to corner stores.

We’re regularly developing new products that encourage healthy eating on the go, including fresh-cut fruit, scratch-cooked versions of popular snacks and healthy, ready-to-eat meals packed with wholesome ingredients.

We also provide stores with marketing support and technical assistance while offering nutrition education sessions and cooking demonstrations that get customers excited about changing their shopping habits. Finally, as we prove to store owners that selling healthy food is good business, we then help them transition to receiving deliveries from larger, for-profit wholesalers.

Building Healthy Corners

A best practice guide in three phases

Healthy Corners Volunteer List

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Our Impact Last Year

251,900 units of healthy snacks

sold in DC’s food deserts

71 corner stores

participated in Healthy Corners

96% increase in sales

increase in sales at stores receiving
targeted marketing services

Store Locations

Upcoming Community Events

August 2018

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  • Healthy Corners event @ Dollar Plus Food Store
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  • Healthy Corners event @ Circle 7 Food & Grocery Market
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  • National African American Male Wellness Walk
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  • Healthy Corners event at Capitol Market
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  • DC Central Kitchen at Unity Health Care Family Wellness Program
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  • Healthy Corners event at G&G Groceries
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  • Healthy Corners event at Texas Ave Convenience Store
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  • Healthy Corners event at Smiley Mart
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  • Healthy Corners event at Thomas and Sons Market
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  • Healthy Corners event at Starlight Food Store
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  • Healthy Corners event at Helen Mart
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  • Nutrition Education Lesson at Atlantic Apartments
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  • DC Office on Aging Senior BBQ

Contact Information

Laura Belazis, Director of Food Access & Education

lbelazis@dccentralkitchen.org