Through our Healthy Retail work, we strive to make nutritious, affordable food more available and accessible in all neighborhoods. Our team builds relationships with corner stores and supermarkets across New York City to help them increase fruit and vegetable sales, provide training, technical assistance, and even infrastructure, such as a display refrigerator for perishable produce, when helpful. Our Nutrition Education team also conducts cooking demonstrations and shopping tours in many of these stores to provide customers with new ideas around shopping for and cooking healthy meals.
Last year, we worked with the NYC Department of Small Business Services and Citi Community Development to create training materials for food retail business owners in 10 languages, which reached 80 small food retail businesses through our Healthy Retail partnerships. Crain’s New York investigated how this partnership helped us bring healthy grab-and-go items to one corner store in Inwood, Manhattan.