Corner stores get help providing healthy snacks

Four corner stores in Covington are adding fresh, frozen and canned fruits and vegetables to their offerings, thanks to a partnership with Covington’s Center for Greater Neighborhoods and Kenton County Plan4Health.

“Kentucky is at the bottom 10 percent of most health indicators, and Kenton County is no exception,” said Kate Esarey of The Center. “According to the USDA’s Food Access Research Atlas, 7 percent of Kenton County residents are considered to have limited access to healthy foods,” said Esarey. “We want to make sure every Covington resident has access to healthy foods, and we’ve formed some strategic partnerships to help us reach this goal.”

The stores – Kimmy’s Korner, Bill’s Food Mart, Gutierrez Deli, and Bob’s Food Market – are in Covington’s Westside, Peaselburg, Mainstrasse and Latonia neighborhoods.

They were chosen, in part, because of their proximity to schools and the concentration of families living below the federal poverty level, as well as their distance from full-line grocery stores.

Children at nearby schools will be offered “Healthy Bucks” that can be used to pay for healthy after-school snacks.

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