Healthy Eating & Active Living

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 Fitness Warriors

The Fitness Warrior program removes barriers to physical activity by creating convenient, accessible, opportunities for fitness in underserved communities. Using a “Train-the-Trainer” model, the program selects and coaches fitness-minded residents to lead free group-based exercise classes in a variety of settings including churches, schools, senior residences and recreation centers. In addition to encouraging residents to embrace an active lifestyle, the program builds economic sustainability by supporting Warriors to turn their new skills as Fitness Instructors into a profession.

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Food Access & Equity

foodaccessThe Food Access and Equity Task Force was established to improve access to quality, affordable, healthy fresh foods throughout the City of Richmond. Of particular interest to the group is improving access in areas of the City that have been designated as “food deserts.”

The Task Force is comprised of community advocates, academia, community leaders, members of the business sector, representatives from local government, and other stakeholders. Partners include but are not limited to Councilwoman Cynthia Newbille, who represents Richmond’s 7th District, an identified food desert in the East End of the City; State Delegate Delores McQuinn; Richmond City Health District; Institute for Public Health Innovation; Virginia Community Capital; Bon Secours Health System; Greater Richmond Fit4Kids; Tricycle Gardens; Shalom Farms; Renew Richmond; and the Greater Richmond YMCA.

With the support of an Agriculture and Forest Industries Development Fund planning grant, the Food Access and Equity Task Force of the City of Richmond will conduct local food access and equity policy assessments and develop a new Food System Plan to promote urban agriculture, nutrition education, community engagement, policy change, and overall access to healthy food for low-income, low-access communities in Richmond.

For more information on the RVA Food Collaborative, click here:

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Richmond Healthy Corner Store Initiative (RHCSI)

What is RHCSI?

RHCSI is a program that is aimed at addressing community access to healthy foods in the City of Richmond.

What is the focus of RHCSI?

The focus is connecting with corner stores that are located in areas underserved by fresh food retail outlets, like grocery stores.  Corner stores for many neighborhood can be the only food source for many Richmond residents to utilize in areas identified as food deserts.

What are food deserts?

Food deserts are defined as urban neighborhoods and rural towns without ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food. These communities may have no food access or are served only by fast food restaurants and convenience stores that offer few healthy, affordable food options. The lack of access contributes to a poor diet and can lead to higher levels of obesity and other diet-related diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. This program is implemented through the work of our partner - Shalom Farms.

Click here to see what Healthy Corner Store Owners have to say!

*For more information about Food Deserts, please view this  link: and/or contact


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Richmond Healthy Corner Store Initiative (RHCSI)

South Side Locations

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

1115 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Richmond, VA 23224

East End Locations

Stop & Go
1600 Mechanicsville Tnpk.
Richmond, VA 23222

Quik Stop Citgo
4012 Government Rd.
Richmond, VA 23223

7th Heaven
1621 Williamsburg Road
Richmond, VA 23231

Central Locations

Davis Market
301 W. Grace Street
Richmond, VA 23220

North Side Locations

College Mart
1503 Chamberlayne Ave.
Richmond, VA23222

Racetrack Marketplace
3815 Meadowbridge Rd.
Richmond, VA 23222

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Shalom Farms has launched a website for Mobile Market and Healthy Corner Store locations and hours. Click here to visit their website.

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The Mobile Market

The Grown to Go Mobile Market serves Central Virginia by selling fresh, organic, and local produce to community members who have limited access to healthy food. SNAP is welcomed and discount prices are offered at all of our market locations.

Shalom Farms has launched a website for Mobile Market and Healthy Corner Store locations and hours. Click here to visit their website.

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