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Healthy Corner Stores:

Corner Stores Map In communities that lack supermarkets, families depend on corner stores for food purchases. The choices at these stores are often limited to packaged food and very little, if any, fresh produce. Corner stores are also frequent destinations for children, many of whom stop daily on the way to and from school for snacks.

The Healthy Corner Store Initiative is a successful model for increasing the availability of healthy food in corner stores by identifying a continuum of readiness for store changes. It works to increase the availability and awareness of healthy foods in corner stores in Lancaster City. The program uses a multifaceted approach including building relationships with store owners and asking them to make gradual changes with support and training. With this assistance, store owners are willing to sell healthier products and believe these changes can be sustainable and profitable.

Since 2013, with funding from the PA Department of Health, we have been partnering with the Philadelphia Food Trust to recruit and train store owners in Lancaster City regarding the importance of having healthy food options available in their locations. A registered nurse and bilingual Health Educator work to recruit, educate and develop relationships with corner store and bodega owners. There are four phases to the recruitment process:

Phase Recap

Phase Characteristics Benefits and Incentives
1. Inventory Changes Introduce 4 new healthy products.
2 products from 2 healthy categories
  • $100 participation incentive
2. Healthy Food Identifcation Campaign Display a series of marketing materials from the Healthy Food Identification marketing campaign 
  • Increase customer awareness
  • Promote new healthy products
3. Business Training for Owners Participation in at least one training on selling healthy products and business management
  • Free training and support
  • Increase profits
  • Reduce food waste
4. Conversions Equipment to stock and display healthy products 
  • Free equipment
  • Free training and support
  • Assistance with product selection and sourcing

Area Locations
Business Name Street Zip Code
P & W Mini Market 629 N Franklin St 17602
V & F Mini Market 611 N Plum St 17602
Francos Family Mini Mart 454 N Queen St 17603
Sara's Grocery & Deli 259 King St 17603
G&G Grocery 648 E Chestnut St 17602
Ted's Deli 853 E Orange St 17602
M&M 301 S Ann St 17602
Ynoa Deli Grocery 546 E King St 17602
B&J Mini Market 601 S Prince 17603
Torres Grocery 136 S Ann St 17602
Tu Pais 545 West King St 17603
V&Y Mini Market 611 N Plum St 17603
Friendly Mini Market 401 N Queen St 17603
Benis 301 S Prince St 17603
Andromenda Grocery Store 158 S Queen St 17603
Latin American Grocery and Deli 300 Coral St. 17603
O & J Deli Grocery & Deli 111 Pearl St. 17603
Kianny’s Grocery & Deli 76 Howard Ave 17602
Cabera Grocery 100 W. Strawberry St. 17603
La Familia Grocery 121 E. Walnut St. 17602


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Lighten Up Lancaster County Coalition is a group of concerned individuals, organizations and employers, in partnership with Lancaster General Health, who want to increase the number of children and adults in Lancaster County who are at a healthy weight.

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