Philadelphia Project Works with Corner Stores to Improve Students' Snacking Choices

Developing a school- and community-based intervention to prevent and reduce obesity among fourth through eighth grade students

Staff at The Food Trust, a Philadelphia-based organization that works to increase access to affordable and nutritious food, conducted a Corner Store Campaign to change the school and community environments to support healthy eating among children and adolescents.

Campaign goals included motivating students to choose healthy snacks when purchasing at local corner stores and increasing the number of healthy snacks available at the stores.

Key Results

  • By the end of the campaign:

    • Children decreased their visits to corner stores by 10 percent per week.
    • Children purchased snacks with less fat and fewer calories and spent less money at corner stores.
    • Students' knowledge of healthy eating improved significantly.