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Healthy Corner Stores

Want more healthy food in
YOUR neighborhood?

The Healthy Corner Store Initiative is adding more stores to its Healthy Corner Store program. Nominate a convenience store near you to become a Healthy Corner Store by filling out this form and returning it by Feb. 21.

Through the Jackson County Healthy Corner Store Initiative, MARC and its partners are working with smaller retail stores to encourage them to carry more fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain products, low fat dairy products and other healthy items.

If your neighborhood group or organization is interested in nominating a corner store or a convenience store for this initiative, please complete the nomination form and return it by February 21, 2014 to Donna Martin, at MARC, 600 Broadway, Suite 200, Kansas City, MO 64105 or If you would like to nominate more than one store, please submit separate forms for each store. 

If you have questions, please contact Donna at or 816/701-8369.

Healthy Corner Stores Initiative

Residents of some Kansas City and Independence, Mo., neighborhoods now have access to healthy food options at neighborhood convenience stores through the Jackson County Healthy Corner Store Initiative.

Two participating stores, Shayan’s EZ Shop in Kansas City, Mo., (pictured) and 7-Eleven on Highway 24 in Independence, Mo., hosted community events Nov. 16 to celebrate the beginning of an ongoing effort to promote healthy eating by making it easier to find fresh, canned or frozen fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, whole grain foods, healthy beverages and healthy snacks. Indiana Market, 3646 Indiana Ave., Kansas City, Mo., also kicked off its effort Nov. 23.

The kickoff events featured cooking demonstrations, healthy recipes and children’s activities, along with opportunities for community members to share ideas about healthy food. 

The Jackson County Healthy Corner Store Initiative is part of a larger effort to reduce the prevalence of chronic disease called Building a Healthier Jackson County. Partners supporting this effort include MARC, the Kansas City, Mo., Health Department, Independence Health Department, Jackson County Health Department, the University of Missouri Extension, 4H and the University of Kansas Medical Center. Building a Healthier Jackson County is supported in part by funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention