Healthy Corner Store Initiative

Gorge Grown will connect local farmers to grocers for this one-year pilot program to source and sell 10 new local products in two corner stores in the west side of The Dalles (Fall 2016- Fall 2017). The target population for this project is low-income populations at risk for diet-related diseases due to poor access to quality foods.

Key Principles:


Partnering with corner stores is an effective strategy to improve healthy food access in underserved communities.


Corner store owners are willing to introduce healthy inventory, but they need support and simple steps to follow.


The Healthy Corner Store Initiative is a successful model for increasing the availability of healthy food in corner stores

Initiative Objectives:

Corner stores tend to fill their shelves with low quality, packaged foods that leave less room for healthy foods. By improving access to healthy options in food “deserts”, we can change the environment to address diet-related disease and malnutrition.


FIT in Wasco and Gorge Grown are collaborating to select stores and develop walking groups that are geographically near enough so the walking groups can walk to the stores to purchase local, healthy foods.  This collective impact approach will amplify our impact, and connect our target population around healthy lifestyle changes.


Funding for this project comes from The Knight Cancer Institute Community Partnership Program.  The Community Partnership Program is designed to build sustainable collaborations with Oregon communities by providing grants and other resources to foster development of community-identified cancer prevention, early detection, treatment and survivorship projects. The OSHU Knight Cancer Institute has made a decade-long commitment to invest in this program to develop robust, sustainable programs that benefit the health of all Oregonians. Additional information about the program is available on the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute’s website. 


This project is based on the successful Apache Healthy Stores Project, Baltimore Healthy Stores and Healthy Hawaii Foods project.