Healthy Corner Stores

More than 23 million Americans do not have access to a full-service grocery store within a mile of their home and often depend on neighborhood stores for their daily food needs. Healthy corner stores can help make fresh fruits and vegetables and other foods such as whole grains and low-fat dairy products available in more communities.

Find a store near you

Neighborhood stores are making healthy living easier in your community by offering a variety of healthy foods and beverages. Click below to view stores that have recently become Healthy Hotspots. You may also check out these stores on the Healthy HotSpot map.

Recent Healthy Corner Stores

  • Dona’s Finer Foods, 12824 Mozart St., Blue Island
  • Hildalgo Meat Market, 2801 Broadway St., Blue Island
  • Mi Homestead, 12126 South Vincennes, Blue Island
  • Jordan’s Food, 1258 W 127th St., Calumet Park
  • East Side Food Mart, 275 East 16th St., Chicago Heights
  • La Michoacana, 1148 S. Halsted Street, Chicago Heights
  • Tony’s Convenience Store, 352 W 14th Pl., Chicago Heights
  • Felipe Dollar Plus, 5941 W. 35th St., Cicero
  • New Way Foods, 1307 E. Lincoln Highway, Ford Heights
  • One Stop Food and Liquor,15401 Center Ave., Harvey
  • Ghazi Express Inc., 22 West 154th St., Harvey
  • Dixie Market, 2014 W. 170th St., Hazel Crest
  • Maywood Produce Market, 1305 S. 5th Ave., Maywood
  • Herman’s Food’s & Deli, 20 W. 138 th , Riverdale

Healthy HotSpot works together with the following community organizations to expand the ability of local corner stores to sell healthy foods: City of Blue Island, The Ministers Conference of South Cook County, Respond Now and TCA Health.

Partners supporting to build healthy corner stores are the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children, The Center for Faith & Community Health Transformation, and the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association.

Food tasting and community events

Click the “Find Event” button below to learn where and when free Healthy Corner Store food tastings and community workshops are being held near you. These are valuable opportunities to try new, healthy recipes, learn about the importance of making nutritious food choices, and to discover the local businesses and organizations working to bring fresh, healthy food options to your community.

Interested in supporting or becoming a Healthy Corner Store?

The resources below can help you if you're thinking about supporting or becoming a Healthy Corner Store.

Download our toolkit

Healthy Corner Store Toolkit: In this toolkit, lessons learned from the Healthy Corner Store project of the Healthy HotSpot initiative in suburban Cook County are shared. The toolkit is designed for community organizations interested in identifying, recruiting, and working with local retailers to create a healthy corner store environment. While this toolkit describes how to become a Healthy HotSpot in suburban Cook County, it also can serves as a framework for healthy corner store projects everywhere and be modified to meet each community’s unique identity and needs. Access the full appendix here.

Become a recognized Healthy HotSpot

To learn more about the Healthy Corner Store project or to become recognized as a healthy corner store location, email healthyhotspot@cookcountyhhs.org for more information.

Discover these Healthy HotSpots near you

Find these Healthy HotSpots and others on the map.

Go to the Healthy HotSpot Map

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