The National Healthy Corner Stores Network

The national Healthy Corner Stores Network supports efforts to increase the availability and sales of healthy, affordable foods through small-scale stores in underserved communities.


The national Healthy Corner Stores Network, originally founded by The Food Trust in partnership with ChangeLab Solutions and Urbane Development, started with the goal of supporting efforts to increase the availability of healthy, affordable foods through small-scale stores in underserved communities across the country. The Network connects community members, nonprofits, local government, funders and other advocates across the country to share information, resources and best practices on the latest strategies for healthy food retail in small stores. 

The Network is in the process of pursuing funding to relaunch this work. However, we want to make sure you can still access some of the best resources in the corner store field to help point you in the right direction and encourage you in your effort to build healthier communities through healthy corner stores. Below is a selection of resources and websites for more information.  

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For more information about the national Healthy Corner Stores Network or The Food Trust's Healthy Corner Store Initiative, contact

Resources: Healthy Corner Stores

    • Corner store owners are helping create healthy changes in stores
    • Photo by Dave Tavani

Healthy Corner Stores Q&A: This site provides brief answers to 20 frequently asked questions about healthy corner stores.

Healthy Corner Stores as an Economic Development Strategy: This brief looks at the potential to improve community health and promote economic development through small-scale stores.

Healthier Corner Stores -- Positive Impacts and Profitable Changes: Evaluation by The Food Trust and Econsult Corporation has shown that the corner stores in Philadelphia that have introduced healthier produce to store shelves have resulted in healthier choices, healthier businesses and healthier communities.

Green for Greens -- Finding Public Funding for Healthy Food Retail: This guide, developed by ChangeLab Solutions, provides a general overview of economic development and ideas for how to approach economic development agencies with healthy food retail proposals. It also provides a comprehensive overview of local, state and federal economic development programs that have been or could be used for healthy food retail projects.

Healthy Food Access Portal: Created by PolicyLink, The Food Trust and Reinvestment Fund, the portal harnesses a vast array of data and information to support the successful planning and implementation of policies, programs and projects to improve access to healthy foods in low-income and communities of color.

Resources: Retail Development Strategies

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Fresh Food Retail Development -- Corner Store Conversions: This brief looks at strategies to create healthier corner stores through modest infrastructural changes and store layout modifications.

Building a Healthy Corner Store Network: This webinar explores strategies, tactics, best practices and lessons learned on launching and implementing healthy corner store networks by highlighting existing efforts in New Jersey, San Jose, CA and Cleveland, OH.

Healthy Corner Store Initiative Sell Healthy Guide: Developed by The Food Trust, this guides help corner store owners learn how to sell healthy foods, increase sales and attract more customers.

Good. To Go. San Jose Healthy Corner Store Program: This case study documents key efforts working with corner store retailers in San Jose, CA over the course of two years through the Healthy Corner Store Program developed as part of The Health Trust’s Good. To Go. campaign.

Resources: Healthy Food Marketing

    • Customer and Cashier with Heart Bucks, Olivares corner store, South Philadelphia -- 2016
    • Photo by Dave Tavani for The Food Trust

Healthy Food Marketing: Trends & New Research: This webinar features the latest evidence from the field of in-store marketing and explores how new research is changing how the public purchases nutritious food. Healthy food marketing efforts are generating healthy outcomes for both retailers and consumers.  

Produce for Better Health Foundation: The goal of the Produce for Better Health Foundation is to foster an environment where people can include fruits and vegetables at every eating occasion. This organization provides resources for fruit and vegetable marketing and education.

Resources: Sourcing & Distribution

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The Supplier-Retailer Gap -- Connecting Corner Stores with Local Foods: This brief looks at the challenges of sourcing fresh, local foods for corner stores, highlighting two different program approaches from opposite sides of the country: New York (GrowNYC) and Oregon (LCHAY).

Healthy Food and Small Stores -- Strategies to Close the Distribution Gap In Underserved Communities: In October 2015, more than 40 public health leaders and national experts in food retail, agriculture, distribution and marketing convened in Philadelphia for Healthy Food in Small Stores: Distribution Opportunities to Improve Community Health. This report outlines the key findings, discussion themes and other highlights from the conference. 

Rural Grocery Initiative: The Center for Engagement and Community Development is working with partners on an initiative “to identify and develop models to sustain retail sources of food for rural Kansas citizens” and has information relevant to others outside of Kansas working on rural food access issues.

Resources: Youth & Healthy Corner Stores

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    • Photo by Tyrone Turner

Youth as Change Agents -- Youth-Focused Corner Store Projects: This brief looks at strategies for engaging youth to help create healthy corner stores.

10 Tips for Engaging Youth in Your Corner Store Project: Youth can be extraordinarily powerful advocates in making their communities healthier places to live. Across the country, young people are bringing fresh ideas and enthusiasm to healthy corner store projects. Consider these tips for engaging young people in your corner store project.  

Market Makeovers TV: Market Makeovers TV is a dynamic, user-friendly online toolkit about the process of transforming small corner stores to carry healthier food choices.

Corner Stores -- The Perspective of Urban Youth (Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2015): This paper examines the perspectives of low-income urban youth about the corner store experience to inform the development of corner store interventions.

Resources: Research & Evaluation

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Tracking Healthy Food Sales: Through a review of healthy food retailer program reports and interviews with program staff and experts in the field, ChangeLab Solutions has assembled a list of viable sales data tracking methods. This easy-to-use resource can help healthy retail advocates and retailers pick the best sales tracking methods for their programs.   

If you stock it, will they buy it? Healthy food availability and customer purchasing behavior within corner stores in Hartford: This study observed customer shopping behavior and store food inventory data, and as a result found a positive correlation between fruit and vegetable variety and the probability of purchase.

Snacking in Children -- The Role of Urban Corner Stores (Pediatrics, 2009): This study documents the nature of children's purchases in corner stores proximal to their schools.

Rethinking Research (Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development, 2013): This article focuses on creating a practice-based agenda for sustainable small-scale healthy food retail. 

Network Leadership

The Healthy Corner Stores Network, originally founded by The Food Trust, is led by the following organizations:

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The Food Trust, founded in 1992, strives to make healthy food available to all. Working with neighborhoods, schools, grocers, farmers and policymakers, The Food Trust has developed a comprehensive approach that combines nutrition education and greater availability of affordable, healthy food.

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ChangeLab Solutions provides community-based solutions for America's most common and preventable diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and asthma. Our solutions promote the common good by making healthier choices easier for everyone.

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Urbane Development is a community development firm that works with communities to build and strengthen their asset base – businesses, real estate and people – to catalyze a truly comprehensive and sustainable revitalization process for communities in need.