Video: Snack Attack in Philly's Corner Stores

By Matt Petrillo
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Philadelphia's 2,000 corner stores offer convenience, a variety of products and give all parts of the city a neighborhood feel. And for areas where there aren't any grocery stores within walking distance, corner stores play an even bigger role in the lives of many residents. In fact, more than a quarter of Philadelphia students visit corner stores twice a day, five days a week, according to "Snacking in Children: the Role of Urban Corner Stores," published by the Temple University Center for Obesity Research and Education. The study found that just $1 can amount to 350 calories, which may be part of the reason why nearly one in two students living in America's cities are overweight. But a new program is trying to change that. The Center City nonprofit Food Trust teamed up with the city's Get Healthy Philly campaign to teach students to make healthier choices and help corner stores market, stock and sell healthier foods. Currently, the Food Trust is working with 500 of the city's corner stores. To learn more, we checked out a corner store in South Philly.

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1. Anonymous said... on Feb 21, 2011 at 04:59PM

“the doa (dept of agricultre) has been attacking corner stores since the mid ninties, for fraud, theft, racketering, when all the supermarkets left in the early 80s, the koreans filed the viod, now its the dominicans, doing the same thing, people cant get healthyeating hoagies,chips & sodas, they need supermarkets , the teenage moms needs to learn how to boil water,cook, clean and sew, these r the basics that arent taught anymore, i can make chineses, italian, french, greek, jamacan, american, to eat healthy one must know how to cook,stay out of ur corner store, if u cant c into the store, how is waiting when u come out of it,”

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2. jas said... on Oct 18, 2011 at 07:04PM

“Do not blame the DOA, or the owners. Blame the neighborhoods, where drugs run rampant and the family structure is dismal at best. If the customers demanded healthy products, the owners would stock them and sell them, Simply put, there is absolutely no demand. Drugs are the main issue, and family comes after that, kids cannot learn what they are not taught. All of them running around with their hand out to uncle sam for the "dole"...rediculous.”

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