South Los Angeles Healthy Corner Store Conversion Program

submission by Ahles12
South Los Angeles Healthy Corner Store Conversion Program

About Your Application

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Children's Bureau of Southern California

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Children’s Bureau is committed to providing vulnerable children, especially in the early years, the foundation necessary to become caring and productive adults.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


South Los Angeles Healthy Corner Store Conversion Program is a proposal to help prevent childhood obesity through an innovative approach of converting corner stores into venues that stock fresh, healthy products. In food deserts, with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables, corner stores are ubiquitous. Adding fresh, healthy food to these regularly frequented businesses can increase consumption of nutritious food and stimulate the economy by increasing the profits of local businesses.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


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(e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County):

District One of Los Angeles City (Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Highland Park, Mount Washington, Solano Canyon, Elysian Park, Echo Park, Westlake, Angelino Heights, Lafayette Park, Chinatown, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, and Pico Union)

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

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How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics? (check all that apply)

Access to healthy food

Healthcare access

Exposure to air toxins

Number of households below the self-sufficiency index

Percent of imported water

Obesity rates

Housing affordability

Rates of homelessness

Walk/bike/transit score

Acres and miles of polluted waterways

Rates of mental illness

Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (Dream Metric)

Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)

Percentage of residents receiving coordinated healthcare services (Dream Metric)

Percentage of tree canopy cover (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the healthiest place to live.


In South LA, 1 in 3 children is obese. Tackling obesity at a young age can decrease population prevalence of obesity-related diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. The lack of healthy food in low-income communities contributes to the obesity epidemic. Eating healthy food is not simply a matter of choice, as many families can’t choose healthy food because the options aren’t accessible in their community.
Corner stores, commonly the primary location where residents shop in low-income communities, don’t often stock fresh, healthy food. Children’s Bureau’s South LA Healthy Corner Store Conversion Program will work with corner stores to provide access to fresh, healthy food and increase the availability of nutritious options in low-income communities. Generally, a corner store has less than 2,000 square feet, 4 aisles or less, and 1 cash register. Children’s Bureau (CB) will recruit 14 corner stores, 1 in each of the following neighborhoods in District 1 in Los Angeles City: Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Highland Park, Mount Washington, Solano Canyon, Elysian Park, Echo Park, Westlake, Angelino Heights, Lafayette Park, Chinatown, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, and Pico Union.
Once a corner store formally agrees to participate, they select 3 items from a healthy menu to introduce in their store. This menu includes bananas, avocadoes, mangoes, oranges, and apples. CB connects the stores with COMPRA Foods to purchase these items. COMPRA (Community Market Purchasing Real and Affordable) Foods is a food distribution company that delivers produce to small businesses.
CB then works with each corner store owner to provide one-on-one trainings about the skills necessary to make healthy changes profitable. CB also provides essential marketing tools, including nutrition labels and food demonstrations to guide customers to make healthy purchasing decisions.
All corner stores that implement 3 healthy foods and marketing strategies within 3 months of joining the program receive an incentive to purchase more healthy food. Corner stores that maintain their healthy food and marketing for 6 months are eligible for either a shelving unit or refrigerator to increase their capacity to provide healthy food.
South LA Healthy Corner Store Conversions aims to help reverse the obesity epidemic by providing corner stores the resources to stock fresh, healthy food in low-income communities.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


Children’s Bureau (CB) will evaluate our project by initially outreaching to 30 corner stores and then determining if we successfully recruited 14 out of the 30 corner stores. Second, CB will assess if these 14 corner stores underwent a corner store conversion. CB will also collect process data, which will allow corner store owners to determine if their new, healthy products are selling. These evaluations will help determine any potential barriers to stocking healthy food at the corner store. Additionally, CB will collect food demonstration pre- and post-tests. These evaluation tools will determine if the food demonstrations are effective in teaching customers how to use a corner store’s new, healthy ingredients to prepare a meal their whole family will enjoy. In CB's previous experience with conducting food demonstrations, surveys comparing data before and after each food demonstration show an overall increase in knowledge.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

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Nuestra comunidad necesita una major variedad de comida saludable a nuestro alcanse.

by SoniaHernandez
6 months ago

I would love to see this implemented in my community!

by SoniaHernandez
6 months ago

Necesitamos comida mas saludable en nuestra comunidad!

by CarolinaGuzman
6 months ago

Yo soy miembro de Alianza Magnolia en Children's Bureau apoyo esta idea!!!
I am a member of a NAC at Children's Bureau - Magnolia Place! I love this organization!

by AidaOrtiz
6 months ago

Great idea Children's Bureau!!!

by JordanE
6 months ago

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