Addressing All Four Food Access Categories
A thriving community isn’t complete without a store to buy fresh food. Without a grocery store or corner store, a small town or neighborhood can lose residents, fall into poor health and lose economic stability. A comprehensive approach ensures that communities think about both the supply and demand of fresh food. Explore the four food access categories here:
Choose Healthy Here Across Nebraska
Communities across Nebraska have implemented a number of comprehensive activities using the Choose Healthy Here program. Working with Extension, your community can create a retail enviornment where it's easy to make the healthy choice.Download Our Toolkit
FINDAll people deserve access to all five healthy food groups
The ideal store has:
- Fresh, frozen or canned fruit without added sugar
- Fresh, frozen or canned vegetables without added sauce
- A variety of whole grains such as brown rice, pasta or bread
- Lean protein including plant sources like beans and legumes
- Low-fat dairy such as 1% milk, yogurt and cheeses
AFFORDStores should participate in nutrition programs such as WIC, SNAP, and Double Up Food Bucks
When grocery stores participate in nutrition programs they help keep their community food secure, increase the viability of their business, and bring additional dollars into the local economy. Stores who welcome all customers have increased buying power with food distributors, which means more variety, better quality of perishable foods, and more reasonable prices for the community.
CHOOSEHealthy foods should be promoted and culturally appropriate
Store environments that promote fresh, healthy foods are more appealing to customers and help encourage healthful purchasing. A store that looks fresh and colorful is welcoming and is viewed positively by the community. Customers want to buy from stores that are safe, clean, and attractive. Choose Healthy Here program staff can help stores de-clutter, set displays and put up promotional materials that draw customers to healthy foods.
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Healthy store events such as food preparation demonstrations provide customers with the opportunity to try new, healthful foods while also increasing their demand.
Neighbors can work together to share resources and knowledge about healthy living and the wonderful, fresh food they’ve purchased.
Local partners can provide you with recipes that are simple and tasty to further support the store and promote healthy foods.