Health Equity Considerations
The Healthy Cornerstore Initiative intends to increase availability of fresh fruits and vegetables in cornerstores, particularly small WIC-authorized stores. Currently, produce distributors are making fresh fruits and vegetables available to approximately 500 small stores in Minnesota, including approximately 200 WIC-authorized stores with one or two cash registers. Because this program aims to increase availability of fresh fruits and vegetables for WIC recipients, the program has the potential to reach low-income populations in Minnesota. In addition, the Healthy Cornerstore Intiative has the potential to reach populations living in areas where small cornerstores may be the only and primary food shopping location available.