Austin program aims to provide more healthy food options at local corner stores

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Your local gas station could be your next go-to spot for fresh produce. The City of Austin is working to reach neighborhoods where healthy food is hard to find, by teaming up with area business owners.

The Austin Economic Development Department is teaming up with the Public Health Department to expand the city’s Healthy Corner Store Program. Tuesday, city officials will host a free virtual information session for business owners interested in signing up for the program.

The program helps convenience store owners incorporate healthy foods into their stores. Things like fresh produce, canned fruits and vegetables, and even some prepared healthy meals.

“Healthy foods are really important for a healthy quality of life simply put,” said Carol Fraser, the economic development’s food systems program coordinator.

This time, the program will target the city’s eastern crescent stretching from the northeast side of town all the way down

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