Healthy Corner Store Initiative

The Healthy Corner Store Initiative (HCSI), funded in part by the Virginia Department of Health, is a program that is aimed at improving access to healthy foods within underserved communities across the Commonwealth. Through this initiative community partners, corner store owners, and local farmers work together to bring fresh fruits and vegetables into neighborhood stores within areas that are designated by the USDA as “food deserts.”*

The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines “food deserts” as areas where most residents cannot access affordable and nutritious food. They are usually found in impoverished areas lacking grocery stores, farmers markets, and healthy food providers. Food deserts contribute to food insecurity, which means often people aren’t sure where their food will come from. The lack of healthy affordable food also promotes poor nutrition and often leads to obesity and other chronic health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.

Here’s an example of what some Healthy Corner Store Owners have to say!

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Richmond Healthy Corner Store Initiative (RHCSI)
South Side Locations East End Locations Central Locations
701 Express

701 Jefferson Davis Hwy

Richmond, VA 23224

Stop & Go

1600 Mechanicsville Turnpike

Richmond, VA 23222

Davis Market

301 W. Grace Street

Richmond, VA 23220

Food Mart

3401 Jefferson Davis Hwy

Richmond, VA 23224

Food Circus

1814 Creighton Road

Richmond, VA 23233

Hopkins Store

1437 Hopkins Road

Richmond, VA 23224

RS Express

4007 Jefferson Davis Hwy

Richmond, VA 23234

James Food Store

1808 Broad Rock Blvd

Richmond, VA 23224

For more information about the Initiative, contact Lindsay Herbert, Wellness Coordinator at Lindsay.Herbert@vdh.virginia.gov.