More than 200,000 of Washington, D.C.’s residents live in food deserts. 36% of those residents live in poverty and 42% receive nutrition assistance.
In collaboration with Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States, DC Central Kitchen established the Healthy Corners Program to bring healthy food into these communities. By working with convenience stores, schools, afterschool programs, summer camps, and health care providers, Healthy Corners has become a sustainable healthy food distribution system. The program also promotes lasting behavior and attitude changes by empowering children and families with the resources they need to shop, cook, and eat in healthier ways.
The initiative has also been good for local business, as the program drives $69,000 in retail sales for corner stores and 96% of store owners report that Healthy Corners has increased the number of customers for their store.