Healthy Corner Store Initiative (HCSI)
Healthy Corner Store Initiative (HCSI) is a partnership led by the American Lung Association, PA Department of Health and The Food Trust, for which Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) Department of Community Health is a sponsor.
This initiative offers nutrition education for corner store owners in low-income communities. The corner stores are identified and encouraged to add at least four healthy food items to their store inventory after HCSI staff members conduct an inventory assessment. A follow-up assessment is done to make sure store owners are compliant.
Store owners also receive one-on-one training by staff on how to display and sell healthy food items. In addition to working with the corner stores, staff members of this initiative seek to coordinate in-store nutrition education. Consumer surveys have been conducted with the assistance of college students. These surveys assessed consumer’s current buying behavior and interest in healthy food items that could be available at the corner stores.
What is the goal of HCSI?
To improve access to healthy foods for children and families living in the low-income urban communities of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton.
Who is eligible for HCSI services?
Corner store owners in low-income communities in Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton who are interested in improving access to healthy foods for the communities they serve.