Healthy Corner Stores in Sonoma County
Center for Civic Partnerships
This research brief by Center for Civic Partnerships, tells the story of Sonoma County’s corner store movement, highlighting the Healthy Food Outlet Project which focused on creating healthy food options for low-income residents and spurring local business growth.
The story shares Sonoma County Department of Public Health’s active role in the program and a resulting partnership between the county and the City of Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa’s Community Development Department was pursuing an economic development strategy to fill vacant lots with new businesses. By reaching out to the county, the strategy also increased access to healthy food. Read the story and lessons learned on the right, under documents and resources.
Center for Civic Partnerships (2012). Healthy Corner Stores in Sonoma County: Healthy Food, Strong Partnerships, Good Policy. Sacramento, CA: Public Health Institute.