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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

5 for 5 Coupon Program

Select stores are offering a “5 for 5” coupon program for SNAP/EBT customers.

Our Impact Last Year

241,795 units of healthy snacks

sold in DC’s food deserts

67 corner stores

participated in Healthy Corners

Store Locations

= 5 for 5 coupons accepted at these locations

Upcoming Community Events

September 2019

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  • Healthy Corners Event at Bodega Market
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  • Healthy Corners Event at Mellon Market
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  • Healthy Corners Event at Liff's Market
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  • Healthy Corners Event at Smiley Mart
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  • Healthy Corners Event at Elmira Grocery
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  • Healthy Corners Event at Wheeler Market
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  • Healthy Corners Event at Shipley Super Market
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  • Healthy Corners Event at Newton Market
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  • Healthy Corners Event at Holiday Market
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Want to lend a hand at an upcoming community event? E-mail us for more information!

Contact Information

Laura Belazis, Director of Food Access & Education

lbelazis@dccentralkitchen.org