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How to Increase Produce in Your Local Corner Store

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by Brendan Crain, Ariel Diamond and Arline Welty
photos by Brendan Crain

You like your neighborhood. You want to see the local independent businesses that make your neighborhood unique stay and thrive. You want to be able to buy a good banana at 6 am and 6 pm any day of the week. You want to be sure that people of all incomes and ages can live and eat well in your neighborhood. Then you probably want a healthy corner store culture in your neighborhood. But how? (Especially if you're busy or perhaps lazy -- we're in that not so secret society.)

Neighbors Project has drawn on the experience of the Food & Liquor project in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago, and similar efforts around the country, to provide you with a range of options for tuning your corner stores into a thriving community asset for everyone in your neighborhood as a series of two Instructables. This one is ...

Level 2: How to Increase Produce in Your Store
In a few rare cases, you might be able to just ask your store owner to carry produce once and it'll appear the next week. But usually you'll need to do some research and work closely with the store owner to ensure that they'll be successful. Keep in mind that your average corner store has a very small profit margin, so they're conservative about business changes. Yes, this is ultimately a business decision; not an ideological crusade.

To do this Instructable, you will need:
- At least one corner stores (aka liquor store, bodega, convenience store, fruit market or meat market)
- Money to buy groceries
- Access to a computer

Note
The people behind the Food & Liquor project are just some of the many people and organizations around the country who have worked on increasing food access in their neighborhoods. Check out the list of groups and resources at the bottom of this page for even more resources and advice.
 
 
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TekoMuto3 years ago
go sox
bigcat5 years ago
Yay, Bananas! And the Cubs banner in the background is certainly a plus!!
by a plus you mean minus, right?
hooverhaar5 years ago
Excellent!! I think this is great!! Local change for the better on a local level. I would say many shop owners would do this, but they don't have the time for the extra legwork. Great Idea!!!!!
cleanbread5 years ago
I just read about a group at Johns Hopkins who is working toward something similar. They seem to be focused on removing barriers that keep people from having access to healthy foods. They have a website called Baltimore Healthy Stores.
technick295 years ago
Good work! There's a lot of great information here.
Nice!!!! Very good idea and such an in depth instructable =) Very well done, I think I just might have to do this!
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