Policy Approaches to Healthy Corner Stores - PowerPoint Presentation part 1


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  • SarahMinneapolis is the largest city in Hennepin county and in the state of MN and is the county seat. Diverse community and has a high population of East African and SE Asian immigrants.
  • Could talk about transportation barriers reported by residents
  • Acknowledge other programs
  • Policy Approaches to Healthy Corner Stores - PowerPoint Presentation part 1

    1. 1. Creating a Healthier Minneapolis<br />healthy eating + physical activity + smoke-free living<br />The Minneapolis Healthy Corner Store ProgramFood Policy from Neighborhood to NationAliyah Ali, MPHMay 20, 2011<br />
    2. 2. Overview<br />Minneapolis overview<br />Minneapolis Staple Foods Ordinance<br />The Minneapolis Healthy Corner Store Program<br />
    3. 3. About Minneapolis<br />Total Population: 382,618 (2000)<br />Diverse community + large immigrant populations<br />High rates of health disparities and inequities in our communities of color<br />Increasing obesity rates<br />
    4. 4. Taking a close look at corner stores<br />
    5. 5. We know that they are everywhere…<br />
    6. 6. We also know…<br />Families often depend on corner stores for grocery <br /> needs<br /> Corner stores often have limited healthy food choices<br />Stores are required to carry minimum variety of healthy foods<br />Staple Foods Ordinance<br />2009 WIC changes<br />
    7. 7. Quick history lesson…2008 Minneapolis Staple Foods Ordinance<br />(c)   All grocery stores licensed under this chapter must offer for sale food for home preparation and consumption, on a continuous basis, at least three (3) varieties of qualifying, non-expired or spoiled, food in each of the following four (4) staple food groups, with at least five (5) varieties of perishable food in the first category and at least two (2) varieties of perishable food in all subsequent categories:<br />(1)   Vegetables and/or fruits.<br />(2)   Meat, poultry, fish and/or vegetable proteins.<br />(3)   Bread and/or cereal.<br />(4)   Dairy products and/or substitutes<br />
    8. 8. Staple Foods Ordinance: Unexpected Impetus? <br />Spearheaded by Licensing Department<br />Crime prevention strategy<br />Enhance outer appearance of the store<br />Staple Foods = Expansion of Customer Base<br />Food access issue for Health Department<br />
    9. 9. Fast Forward to now-ish…<br />Cstore Assessments<br />Conducted by the Health Department<br />Focused in North Minneapolis<br />low-income<br />two full-scale grocery stores<br />complimented a larger food assessment<br />Two-phased <br />Visual assessment <br />Owner Interview<br />
    10. 10. Visual Assessment (n=35)<br />72% not in compliance with produce component of Staple Foods Ordinance<br />34% didn’t carry any fresh produce <br />Most commonly stocked produce include: onions, potatoes, bananas, and lemons/or limes<br />Produce was often found on the bottom of shelves, refrigeration cases, or beverage coolers<br />
    11. 11. Owner interviews (n=22)<br />55% were aware of the Staple Foods Ordinance<br />Most store owners indicated that customers rarely come in for staple foods such as produce, milk, and eggs<br />Owners need assistance related to produce marketing and education such as:<br />Sourcing<br />In-store displays<br />Handling<br />Promotional materials such as signage and recipe cards<br />Loans/grants to upgrade equipment<br />
    12. 12. Resident’s perspective… <br />Most prefer fresh produce over canned<br />40% of Near North residents having access to a vehicle<br />Residents gave low ratings to availability and quality of fresh produce at corner stores – locations that were reportedly easiest to access<br />Unimpressed by cstore produce<br />High cost<br />Low quality<br />Lack of freshness<br />Owners vs resident’s quite the conundrum!<br />(Source: Northside Healthy Eating Project) <br />
    13. 13. Challenges<br />Staple Foods compliance<br />Lack of support for owners<br />Connecting residents <br /> to the stores<br />
    14. 14. Staple Foods: Enforcement<br />Enforced by licensing department<br />Approximately 50 violations since passed<br />Warning + education<br />Follow-up inspection<br />Stores generally in compliance; 9 citations<br />Compliance super awesome produce<br />Inspectors recognize support for owners needed<br />
    15. 15. The Minneapolis Healthy Corner Store program<br />Supports owners in making fresh produce and healthy foods more visible, affordable, and attractive to neighborhood residents.<br />
    16. 16. Quick Snapshot…<br />8 partner stores have agreed to:<br />Increase inventory of produce<br />Display Healthy Corner Store marketing materials within the store<br />Document and sharing sales records of healthy foods<br />Attend a produce handling training<br />Implementation completed December<br />
    17. 17. Benefits to stores<br />Produce Support<br />Internal and External Display<br />Community Engagement and Outreach<br />Healthy Corner Store<br />Owner Support<br />Store assistance entails:<br />Strategically displaying fresh produce and healthy foods<br />Displaying in-store promotional materials highlighting healthy foods <br />Purchasing, pricing and stocking healthy foods affordably<br />Developing a financial system to help track and monitor sales of healthy foods<br />Creating customer demand through engagement opportunities<br />
    18. 18. Interior/Exterior Display<br />Healthy foods display<br />Display baskets<br />Visible veggies<br />Priced pears<br />3 core items: grab and go, healthy meal, WIC aisle (if applicable)<br />Signage (indoor and outdoor)<br />Connecting with other City Departments<br />Zoning<br />Public Works<br />Environmental Health<br />Licensing<br />