Healthy Corner Stores

The YMCA Healthy Corner Stores Initiative is part of a comprehensive effort to connect small scale growers and distributors with urban corner stores to increase the fresh fruits and vegetables available to families in Grand Rapids.

The goal is to bring healthier and more affordable food options to communities that often have limited fresh options by making local produce more readily available at urban corner stores.

Many corner stores and ethnic groceries in the Grand Rapids area struggle to find distributors willing to deliver small quantities of fresh produce.  The Y is filling this need as part of its commitment to reforming our local food system, working collaboratively with small scale growers, educating corner store owners about the benefits of selling more fruits and veggies, and educating the community about the benefits of eating nutrient rich food.

The YMCA Veggie Van delivers fresh produce to participating corner stores. At the same time, Michigan Harvest of the Month cooking demonstrations and produce samplings also take place. Double Up Food Bucks allow individuals using SNAP benefits to double their purchase of Michigan grown produce up to $20 per visit.

Visit, shop, and support these local stores:

Corner Store Sign

Locations

Creston Heights Market
1403 Plainfield Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Guatemala Imports
188 Wealthy St. SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Korpos Imports African Market
4439 Eastern Ave. SE
Kentwood, MI 49508
Latin American Supermarket
758 Alger St SW
Wyoming, MI 45909
Miss Tracy’s Party Store
1043 Franklin St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Oxford Food Center
817 Oxford St SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Sam’s Supermarket
601 Eastern Ave. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Century Food and Liquor
2026 Boston St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
O & E Party Store
1425 Eastern Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507

If you are interested in learning more, please send an email to activate@grymca.org or call us at 616.885.5912. For media inquiries contact 616.855.9668.