The YMCA Healthy Corner Stores Initiative is part of a comprehensive effort to connect small scale growers and distributors with urban corner stores to increase the fresh fruits and vegetables available to families in Grand Rapids.

The goal is to bring healthier and more affordable food options to communities that often have limited fresh options by making local produce more readily available at urban corner stores.

Many corner stores and ethnic groceries in the Grand Rapids area struggle to find distributors willing to deliver small quantities of fresh produce.  The Y is filling this need as part of its commitment to reforming our local food system, working collaboratively with small scale growers, educating corner store owners about the benefits of selling more fruits and veggies, and educating the community about the benefits of eating nutrient rich food.

The YMCA Veggie Van delivers fresh produce to participating corner stores. At the same time, Michigan Harvest of the Month cooking demonstrations and produce samplings also take place. Double Up Food Bucks allow individuals using SNAP benefits to double their purchase of Michigan grown produce up to $20 per visit.

YMCA Healthy Corner Stores


Visit, shop, and support these local stores:

Citgo Gas Station
131884 M140 Hwy, Covert Mi 49043


Guatemala Imports
188 Wealthy St. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Latin American Supermarket
758 Alger St SW, Wyoming, MI 45909


2780 Peck Street, Muskegon Heights 49442

Miss Tracy’s Party Store
1043 Franklin St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507


Sam’s Supermarket
601 Eastern Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Oxford Market
817 Oxford St. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503


The Healthy Corner Stores initiative is made possible through the generosity of Amway and the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.



If you are interested in learning more, please send an email to or call us at 616.885.5912. For media inquiries contact 616.855.9668.