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Developing our Healthy Corner Stores Project in Miami Gardens over this past year has been such an adventure! We are now on the cusp of bringing all our hard work off the drawing board and into action. As we head into year two of the CDC REACH grant, it seems like a good time to reflect on what we’ve accomplished, and where we’re heading next.

Much of our work up to this point has involved conducting a food environment survey (shout out to intern Shirbrina for all her har...

This past month, we took a huge step forward in our Healthy Corner Stores project in Miami Gardens. Not only have we completed our survey of food stores in the city and started our individual food environmental survey for residents, but we have now also started recruiting stores to the project. For this, Trudy (our President/CEO), Shirbrina (our summer intern), Tracy (representing Miami Gardens), and I spent an entire day visiting all of our target stores.

Of the more tha...

This summer, we have been working hard to reach as many children as possible with the Summer BreakSpot program. We seek out gaps in service to add new sites and support novel delivery models, such as the mobile units, all with a goal of reaching children who previously may not have had access to free, nutritious meals when school is out. However, we often overlook the regular, existing sites which continue to reliably serve meals to their community. These sites demonstra...

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