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Retail Food Stores: Small Retail Locations

Small retail locations may provide access to healthy food in a community through roadside markets and produce stands, bodegas, and street carts with fruits and vegetables. Gas stations with convenience stores and corner stores are prevalent, especially in low-income neighborhoods. They typically offer alcohol and high sugar/fat snacks, but they could provide access to healthier food options, such as fruits and vegetables.

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Strategic Alliance ENACT Strategy: Incentives for Store Owners provides training and incentives to small storeowners in underserved areas to carry healthier food items such as fresh produce. Available at:

Policy Link offers a tool for Healthy Food Retailing that focuses on increasing access to retail outlets that sell nutritious, affordable food in low-income communities of color. Available at:

See also Healthy Food, Healthy Communities: Improving Access and Opportunities through Food Retailing. Available at: [PDF - 2.62 MB].

Participants in the Healthy Corner Stores Network (HCSN) promote the sale of healthy, fresh, affordable foods in small, neighborhood stores in underserved communities. Available at:

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