San Francisco’s Healthy Corner Store Movement
In response to the finding that resident’s of San Francisco’s Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood have a staggering 8- to 14-year decreased life expectancy, in large part due to diet-related illnesses, compared to their neighbors, community members formed the Southeast Food Access Working Group (SEFA) to improve food access and change dietary habits. One of their first initiatives was transitioning corner stores — and supporting them with the education, technical assistance, equipment and funding necessary to transition — to provide more healthy options. The initiative has been creating reverberations throughout the city. Community members in the Tenderloin, inspired by Bayview-Hunters Point’s efforts, formed the Tenderloin Healthy Corner Store Coalition (THCSC). And in 2013 the Healthy Retail SF pilot initiative, which is providing incentives and technical support to participating stores, was introduced.