Life is busy, and when we're eating in a rush, it is natural to grab the quickest and most convenient snacks at our disposal. Unfortunately, the fast foods are not the healthy foods. Convenience stores are available at every corner with chips, candy, and soda, but a person has to make a special trip to the grocery store to buy an apple or banana.
LA FOOD POLICY COUNCIL
This is the challenge facing the Healthy Neighborhood Market Network a program of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council
, who provides access to healthy food in low income neighborhoods. Their goal is to provide fruit and vegetable options to local corner stores, where consumers currently select quick food options loaded with sodium, sugar, and fats. In a nation where, according to the Center for Disease Control, 35%-40% of adolescents consume less than one fruit or vegetable daily, that's a big challenge.
The LA Food Policy Council has purchased basket racks and merchandisers to display their good food options via the healthy neighborhood market network, a group of several hundred small business owners throughout the area, with a goal of making healthy food available and affordable.
MAKING CHANGES IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
Making the change to healthy choices starts with making the product available. Wouldn't it be great to stop by your local convenience store and pick up a tomato and a head of lettuce to go with dinner tonight?
We are now offering our merchandising services
to store owners trying to promote healthier options. We offer basket racks in an array of sizes, end cap displays and wire floor merchandisers. We even have counter displays for those corner stores that have limited space. Making healthy foods accessible to all is just one of the ways we can help our communities.