Working with bodegas to expand the availability of healthier food choices
in target neighborhoods (Harlem, South Bronx, and Central Brooklyn) with the
highest rates of obesity and diabetes in the city.
Studies conducted by the City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) have shown that New York City’s low-income communities have greater difficulty accessing healthy food due to more limited availability of nutritious foods carried in local stores. In neighborhoods targeted by this initiative, bodegas represent more than 80% of food sources, but healthy food options are much less available in bodegas than in supermarkets.
The Healthy Bodegas Initiative aims to promote healthy eating by increasing the availability, quality, and variety of healthy foods in bodegas in the target neighborhoods. The program works with bodega owners to improve provision of low-fat milk, fresh fruits and vegetables, and other healthier items, and works with community groups to increase consumer demand for these products.
Eligibility: Bodegas that sell milk and fruits and vegetables in the target communities are eligible to participate. Community groups in target areas are partners in the effort to promote nutrition education.
Partner Agency: Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Currently this program is not enrolling new bodegas. However, if you are interested in using our free promotional materials or learning more about the program, contact Donya Williams at email@example.com.