Access to Healthy Foods in Rural Minnesota: A Pilot Analysis of Corner Stores
Keywords:Corner Stores, Nutrition, Food Environment
Food deserts are identified by the United States Department of Agriculture as areas where a
significant proportion of the population lack access to quality food choices. The purpose of this study was to
assess the availability of quality fruits, vegetables, dry good, and meats at corner store locations in a south-
central Minnesota county designated a food desert. Corner stores (n=22) were audited for the presence of
20 fresh fruits and vegetables, low-fat meats, and whole grain dry goods. Results indicate more than three-
quarters of corner stores did not provide sufficient access to healthy foods, and were not provide sufficient
access to quality food for residents in the county.
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