Healthy Corner Stores

Food deserts are prevalent in San Antonio, and improving access to unprocessed, whole foods carried at convenience stores can aid in building healthier communities.

Healthy Corner Stores

Chair

Mitch Hagney: mitchellhagney@gmail.com

Current Program

A pilot program in City Council District 3, set up by Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran, has enrolled eight stores and stocked them with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Collaborative  program

The program that has developed is truly collaborative, with many partners working together to increase access to healthy, affordable food.

  • District 3 obtained $50,000 in City funding to purchase produce as store owners learn to stock, and customers learn to look for, healthy fruits and vegetables at their neighborhood convenience store. D3 staff also helps oversee the program.
  • University of the Incarnate Word’s School of Osteopathic Medicine administers payments and incorporates engagement with medical students and surrounding neighborhoods.
  • Happi Foodi, a frozen food company, donated $25,000 for refrigerators for stores needing additional capacity.
  • Metro Health’s Community Health Workers help recruit stores and spread the word to neighborhood residents.
  • River City Produce provides produce and training in produce handling, and reports on quantities delivered.
  • The Compost Queens collect unsold produce for use in urban farm soils, and reports on what is removed.
  • The San Antonio Food Bank provides nutrition, health and wellness education through culinary demos featuring the seasonal produce available in the stores.
  • The Food Policy Council of San Antonio helps coordinate the partnerships, and advocates for adding locations and extending the program to other council districts.

Our Original Proposal to City Council

SA Healthy Corner Store Proposal

 

Resources for Corner Store Owners