small corner stores are often the only accessible food access points in many of the communities Mandela Partners' serves. We see the high density of corner stores in food insecure neighborhoods as an asset with enormous potential.
The Healthy Grocery Initiative--also known as HGI--helps corner stores sell fruits and vegetables with little to no risk. All inventory is delivered, maintained, and sold on consignment by the Mandela team. In addition to partnering with store owners by providing a produce delivery service, HGI also provides complementary support services and technical assistance that benefits store owners and the surrounding community to encourage consumption of healthier food options, which include: store environment improvements, marketing, nutrition education, and sourcing and procurement assistance.
The Healthy Grocery Initiative has become a national model for building and sustaining healthy food access in under-resourced communities. We've been providing technical expertise and resources to other communities across the country to support them in strengthening food security by uplifting healthy retail options.