New funding to help small neighborhood food stores in Denver

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DENVER—The Corner Store Program is working with small, neighborhood stores to help bring healthy food and produce into their establishments.

“Not every store can be a bodega, with flowers and meats, but fresh produce and veggies are a step in the right direction,” said the program’s Heidi Hoffman. “We realize there are ‘food deserts’ in Denver and this is one way to make good food accessible to more people.”

Mayor Michael Hancock took a tour Friday of three of six stores in the program. Marwa Market on West Colfax Avenue, GEM Food Market on 29th Avenue and Downing Street, and Fairfax Market on 28th Avenue and Fairfax Street in Park Hill.

All three of the shops got a new supply of good food and signage announcing the project with the mayor on hand.

While there are six stores in the program now, by 2017 the hope is to have at least 50 neighborhood stores offering good food to folks all over the city.