It’s getting a little easier to find healthy food at Lancaster City corner stores.
Through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Neighborhood Healthy Food Initiative recently provided a cooling unit to Cabrera Grocery on Strawberry Street, allowing the store to sell cold bottled water, produce, fresh milk, yogurt and cheese.
Through the same program, Kianny’s Grocer & Deli Howard Avenue just got new shelving to better display the fresh produce it recently started to sell.
“In Lancaster City, many families buy groceries at corner stores and we know that kids are in and out of them constantly, buying snacks. The problem has been that many offer mostly packaged food and very little, if any, fresh produce,” said Alice Yoder, MSN, RN, director of Community Health at Lancaster General Health.
“The Neighborhood Healthy Food Initiative helps find ways to make the healthy choice the easy choice for City residents,” Yoder said.
LG Health leads the Neighborhood Healthy Food Initiative, which is also working to bring new farmers’ markets, full service grocery stores and community gardens to Lancaster City. One of the key strategies of Building on Strength, the economic development roadmap for the city of Lancaster, the initiative also includes Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County, the Lancaster County Council of Churches and the Lancaster City Alliance.