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Healthy Food Retail

Smiling man and woman in a food market standing in front of a food stand with a green sign with the word Healthy Corner on it

Since 2011, DSLBD has provided 6 months of low-cost fresh produce to small food retailers, i.e. those located in stores which are smaller than 5,000 square feet. To date, 58 stores have benefitted from this program. We partner with the DC Central Kitchen to develop affordable delivery systems of healthy food to corner stores located in food deserts which overlap with underserved neighborhoods.

DSLBD wants to help small grocery store owners learn how to make a profit by selling healthy food. We also provide participating retailers with free equipment, such as coolers, and free marketing assistance to educate customers about the new product lines.  We also provide business counseling to help owners of small grocery stores. Our successful partnership with the DC Central Kitchen is a national model showing how municipal governments can decrease food deserts.  To learn more about this partnership, download this report.

Service Contact: 
Cristina Amoruso
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
(202) 727-3900
Contact TTY: 
Contact Suite #: 
970 North
Service Location: 

441 4th Street, NW

GIS Address: 
441 4th Street, NW