September 21, 2009

Healthy Corner Stores in DC

[Today we have a guest post from Kristin Roberts of DC Hunger Solutions. We've talked a lot on this blog about the lack of access to fresh produce in some DC neighborhoods, especially those east of the river. The D.C. Healthy Corner Store Program, funded by the D.C. Department of Health, is taking an innovative route to addressing that problem: working with small vendors to bring fresh fruit and veggies onto their shelves. They're making great progress, so see if there's a store in your neighborhood that you can support. —ed]

Greetings from the Healthy Corner Store Program!

We're happy to share the news that 12 corner stores in Ward 7 and Ward 8 are currently selling farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, supplied by Healthy Solutions/D.C. Produce Co-Op and MAGNET Farms. (Healthy Solutions’ products all are organic.) Meanwhile, Ward 8 Farmers’ Market and Capital Area Food Bank are continuing to supply produce to K & H Market and Liff’s Market.

This week’s selection includes tomatoes, green peppers, peaches, watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, potatoes, onions and more! Several of the smaller stores have just a few items, while some larger ones have a wide selection. We hope that these stores are successful at selling produce and begin ordering it regularly, so that they can become consistent sources of affordable fresh produce in the community.

Please visit one of these stores for your next produce purchase and then help spread the word! We encourage customers to suggest their favorite fruits and vegetables to the store owners.

Contact D.C. Hunger Solutions ( or 202-986-2200 x3041) for more information or for promotional materials to share with your neighbors, friends, clients, and community.

D.C. Healthy Corner Stores

Martin Luther King Grocery - 2420 M. L. King, Jr. Ave. SE

Secrets of Nature - 3923 S. Capitol St. SW

Dollar Plus - 3921 S. Capitol St. SW

Elmira Grocery - 4401 S. Capitol St. SW

K & H Grocery - 3333 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. SE

Liff’s Market - 600 Alabama Ave. SE

Suburban Market - 4600 Sheriff Road NE

A-1 Grocery - 615 Division Ave. NE

Penn Dollar Plus & Food Store - 2529 Pennsylvania Ave. SE

Jones Grocery Store - 4350 Texas Ave. SE

Dollar Plus - 4514 Benning Rd. SE

People’s Market - 3041 Naylor Rd. SE

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