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The City of Austin’s Economic Development Department and Austin Public Health work together to support the Healthy Corner Stores Program. The program is a partnership between the City of Austin, six locally-owned convenience stores, Segovia Produce Ltd and the Cook's Nook.

Healthy corner stores are convenience stores, including gas stations, that offer a variety of healthier food items, including fresh produce. Products available at participating stores include fresh produce and prepared items such as salads and ready-to-eat meals, among other items.

All participating stores accept Lone Star, also known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits.

Current Healthy Corner Stores Locations:

  • Graboost MLK– 4611 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Austin TX 78721
  • Graboost S 1 St – 6400 S 1st St Austin TX 78745
  • Express Food Mart 5401 Menchaca Rd Austin TX 78745
  • City Star Foods – 31 N IH-35 Austin TX 78702
  • Bread Basket Westgate – 8801 West Gate Blvd Austin TX 78745
  • Bread Basket Menchaca – 11410 Menchaca Rd Austin TX 78748

About the Program Partners:

Segovia Produce Ltd, founded by the Segovia Family in 1972, is one of the oldest locally-owned and operated produce distribution companies in Central Texas. Based out of a 14,500 square foot warehouse on the East Side, Segovia Produce provides fresh foods to restaurants and convenience stores throughout Austin. The company also owns part of the Texas Farm Patch, an 8 acre farm and greenhouse outside of Pleasanton, Texas, that supplies fresh organic produce.

The Cook’s Nook is a hub for culinary business incubation and support, offering services to entrepreneurs, corporations, non-profits organizations and local governments. Founded by Joi Chevalier, an expert in the worlds of technology and food, the Cook’s Nook has been a crucial partner in providing healthy prepared meal options for food insecure communities during the COVID19 pandemic. The Healthy Corner Stores program is proud to feature the Cook’s Nook’s newest product line, Mosaic Meals, which offers nourishing breakfast, lunch, and dinner options for people on the go.

Go Austin! Vamos Austin! is a community organization founded in 2012 to organize and mobilize community power to reduce barriers to health. GAVA envisions a future in which zip codes no longer serve as predictors of health outcomes, and in which all Austin residents have access to nutritious food, active living, and neighborhood stability. GAVA’s team is leading community engagement around the healthy corner stores program, including promotion and community listening sessions.

Stay connected to the latest updates about the healthy corner stores program by following EDD, APH, and the City of Austin on social media.

Join the Healthy Corner Stores Program

This program helps store owners grow their business by increasing sales of healthy food items and is free to join. If you're interested in the Healthy Corner Stores Progam, email healthycornerstores@austintexas.gov. 

Watch the Healthy Corner Stores Program Information Session.

Program Benefits

  • Increase your store’s profits: Stand out from the competition by selling more and varied items. 

  • Enhance your customer base: Sell more to existing customers and attract new customers looking for healthy foods. 

  • Get free equipment: The City will assist you in purchasing a refrigerator display case for fresh produce and/or a Point-of-Sale system to help you keep track of your sales and inventory. 

  • Build your network: Get connected to other corner store owners and City resources, including funding and technical assistance. 

  • Be a part of the solution to make our community healthier. 

Program Details

  • Order from City-approved healthy food vendors on a weekly basis, you must meet the minimum order requirements. The City of Austin will subsidize the cost of the healthy food for stores in the program for the first year. 

  • Receive free or subsidized refrigerator display cases and Point-of-Sale (POS) systems. If you stay with the program for one year or longer, you can keep the equipment.  

  • Stock healthy items and fresh produce in a way that appeals to customers. City staff will work with you to figure out what makes sense for your store, including layout, signage, and best practices for keeping food fresh. 

  • Market the new healthy items at your store and in the neighborhood. City staff will assist you and provide materials such as signs and flyers. 

Eligibility

  • Convenience stores must be located within a City of Austin Council District and one of the following zip codes to participate: 78617, 78653, 78660, 78702, 78719, 78721, 78722, 78723, 78724, 78725, 78741, 78744, 78745, 78747, 78748, 78752, 78753, 78754, 78754. See map below to see if your store is within an eligible zip code.

  • Other factors, such as your store’s distance from a supermarket, may affect your eligibility. 

  • Restaurants and similar businesses may be eligible to join if they are currently selling or are interested in selling fresh produce and healthy items directly to customers. Contact us for more information. 

 

Map of eligible zip codes:

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