In 2016 we partnered with the Buffalo Healthy Corner Store Initiative team to open up 4 healthy corner stores on the East Side of Buffalo. This initiative is an effort to encourage corner store owners to offer their customers fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables, while educating customers on healthy eating habits. The following stores were have been opened:
Since the openings, the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County has worked with the stores to give them the resources they need to keep them sustainable for the community. Through the Eat Smart New York program nutrition education classes have been made available to the community, along with ongoing tabling and workshops at the East Delavan Branch and Frank E. Merriweather libraries. These workshops focus on healthy lifestyle choices.
The Frank E. Merriweather workshops run on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 3:00pm-5:00pm, with the East Delavan library workshops scheduled on the 2nd Monday of the month from 12:30pm-2:00pm. Lastly, food demonstrations are scheduled monthly at the stores. Mandela’s Market has their food demonstrations on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 11:30am-1:30pm. To date, the Trade Fair schedule has not been confirmed. Additional resources have been provided based on customer feedback.
We are working to identify 8 more stores this year in the Western New York region. We will continue our work with the Buffalo Healthy Corner Store Initiative to open four more stores in Buffalo, and will be expanding into Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties for the other four.