Minneapolis kicks off plan to get more produce in corner stores

December 20, 2010
by Madeleine Baran
Minnesota Public Radio


Vick Ragubir stopped by a corner store in Minneapolis during his school's lunch break, planning to buy some honey buns and a bag of chips, but a seven-foot-tall teddy bear mascot and a raffle ticket changed his plans.

The Roosevelt High School junior unwittingly stepped into the kickoff of the city's Healthy Corner Store Initiative, a six-month pilot project to help 10 corner stores sell more fruits and vegetables. Students from Roosevelt's health careers program, teachers, local food advocates, city officials, and the school's furry mascot crowded into Flag Foods for the unveiling last Friday.

"Wow, this is cool," Ragubir said, as he grabbed an apple.


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