The HHS Region IX Prevention Collaborative recently had the pleasure of meeting with the Tenderloin Healthy Corner Store Coalition, a grass-roots community group dedicated to improving the availability of healthy food in the neighborhood.
The Tenderloin is one of the most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods in San Francisco. No full-service grocery store currently serves the area, but over 70 liquor stores are easily found within a square mile.
To address this, the Coalition encourages local corner store owners to carry healthier products, like fresh produce, and provides them the technical assistance and resources necessary to do so.
To date, the Coalition has converted 4 corner stores into mini-grocery retailers. They also compile a shopping guide to help those who live or work in the neighborhood find these healthier options.
In addition to healthy corner stores, the Prevention Collaborative would also like to highlight the handful of farmer’s markets within walking distance of the San Francisco Federal Building.
To learn more about the Coalition’s work, please check out this piece by ABC 7 News Anchor Cheryl Jennings.