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HEALTHY COMMUNITIES

Healthy Corner Stores

Spokane Healthy Corner Stores, a project led by West Central’s Healthy Neighbors Committee (HNC) in conjunction with the Spokane Regional Health District, is working to increase community access to healthy, affordable food through neighborhood corner stores. This project is funded by a grant from the Washington State Department of Health - Communities Putting Prevention to Work.

Bong's Grocery & Deli and Parkside Grocery & Meat Mart were selected to participate in this community-supported business venture. The Healthy Corner Store project will work directly with each of the selected stores to help increase their market sales, expand their customer base, and promote the sale of healthy food items such as fresh produce, whole grains, and healthy snacks in their stores.

In order to become a Healthy Corner Store, each store commits to a set of minimum set of expectations:
  • Stock fresh produce
  • Stock healthy foods
  • Food affordability: store must accept (or apply to accept) EBT and WIC
  • Healthy food marketing: display of Healthy Corner Store marketing materials
  • Comply with established Spokane County public health codes
  • Adhere to laws regarding transactions including sale of tobacco/alcohol to minors
Healthy Corner Stores will receive assistance and resources in order to meet the expectations listed above and their set business goals, including:
  • Assistance in improving store layout for storage and display
  • Free advertising and promotional materials (shelf signs, posters, flyers, etc.)
  • Social marketing to current and new customers living and working near the store through leafleting, announcement at public meetings, etc.
  • Information and training on how to purchase, price, stock and market healthy food
  • Assistance in obtaining WIC vendor status, establishing wholesale contracts with local produce vendors
  • Assistance in filling out applications and other paperwork for EBT (food stamps) and WIC
  • Small business development resources
  • Bi-annual evaluations of store progress

 

Parkside Grand Opening

Bong's Grand Opening

 

For more information about Healthy Corner Stores, please contact Natalie Tauzin at:
(509) 324-1659 or ntauzin@spokanecounty.org

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August 18, 2017