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Healthy Corner Stores Initiative to Bring Low-Cost Produce to District 3


Southside residents soon will be able to purchase fresh produce at discounted prices at area convenience stores as part of a pilot program aimed at increasing healthy food access in areas where it is difficult to obtain.

Partners with the Healthy Corner Store Initiative announced last week that more than five corner stores in District 3, which encompasses the majority of the city’s South and Southeast sides, would begin stocking fresh fruits and vegetables so residents living in designated “food deserts” – areas where there is no grocery store within a mile radius – have the opportunity to make healthier choices.

“We wanted to find a way to alleviate the stress of not being able to find healthy foods,” said Anil Mangla, assistant professor and director of public health and research at the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine, located in District 3 at Brooks City Base. “Research shows that if [stores] can provide fresh fruit and vegetables at lower cost, people are going to buy it. This will change their diet, and [then we will look into whether this will] change someone’s diabetes status.”



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