Increasing Access to Healthy Foods in Small Stores

Roughly 235,000 Minnesotans live more than 10 miles away from a large grocery store or supermarket- which means they have to rely on neighborhood stores and smaller convenience stores for their everyday needs. 

Minnesota communities are working to increase access to healthy foods and beverages in smaller stores through the Good Food Sold Here Partnership. Good Food Sold Here Partnership stores receive technical assistance and support that will make it easier for them to merchandise healthy foods and beverages. Assistance includes guidance on how to stock and display healthy foods, market research to understand and stock items that customers want and promotional materials to highlight healthy foods. 

Who is participating?

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Laurie Westerlund is co-owner of Westerlund Cenex on Highway 47 in Malmo.

"We're supporting this initiative to help increase access to healthy foods in our community" said Westerlund's Cenex store co-owner, Laurie Westerlund.

 

As a Good Food Sold Here store, they are receiving technical assistance and support from Aitkin County Public Health that will help support merchandising healthy foods and beverages. Assistance includes advice and guidance  on how to stock and display healthy foods, market research to understand and stock items customers want and developing promotional materials to highlight healthy foods. 

"The  more we can support healthy food options, the healthier   our residents' choices can be. Thanks to a partnership with Aitkin County Public Health, we have expanded our selection of fresh fruits and vegetables (when they are in season) and now have a produce display table in our store,"  said Westerlund. 

See the full story in Aitkin Independent Age, click here!

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Good Food Sold Here Partnership

If you are a manager or owner of a small convenience store or gas station (three registers or less) and are interested in  receiving technical assistance, training and grant funding to increase the availability of healthy foods in your store and to engage your customers around their food and beverage preference, apply now for the Good Food Sold Here