Sugary drink tax brings healthy food to more SF corner stores – Hoodline

Sugary drink tax brings healthy food to more SF corner stores – Hoodline

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11 corner stores in the city have now rebranded with healthier options like fresh produce, and more renovations are planned thanks in part to a boost from a tax on sugary drinks.  For more than five years, the Mayor's Office of Economic and Workforce Development has operated Healthy Retail SF, an effort to equip corner stores in so-called "food deserts" with more fresh produce and nutritious food options. The program targets neighborhoods that lack access to grocery stores, such as the Bayview, the Tenderloin, and Visitation Valley. Thanks to new revenue from a sugary drink tax passed by San Francisco voters in 2016, Healthy Retail SF’s funding has increased from $60, 000 per year to $210, 000. That increased budget will be available for the next two years, says Gloria Chan, spokesperson for the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development. Salem Market's new fresh produce offerings. The money goes to help local corner stores like Salem Market (920 Geary St., at Larkin), which recently became the 11th corner store in the city (and sixth in the Tenderloin) to make the shift with Healthy Retail SF's support.  Family-owned Salem, which has operated in the Tenderloin for 25 years, is owned by Saed "EJ" ....


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