Healthy Corner Stores

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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. 


Guatemala Imports
188 Wealthy St. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Latin American Supermarket
758 Alger St SW, Wyoming, MI 45909

Miss Tracy’s Party Store
1043 Franklin St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Sam’s Supermarket
601 Eastern Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Oxford Market
817 Oxford St. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503


The Healthy Corner Stores initiative is made possible through the generosity of Amway and the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.


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

Additional YMCA Programs

Veggie Van

The Veggie Van makes daily stops in neighborhoods throughout Grand Rapids and Muskegon, selling fresh produce.

Community Fitness

Group Fitness classes free of charge in neighborhoods throughout Grand Rapids and taught by YMCA-certified instructors.

Nutrition Education

Our hands-on classes will help you will walk away with cooking skills and delicious food as we focus on technique.