Appetite for Change

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WANTED: Northside restaurant offering ‘real food’

Appetite For Change breaks barriers between inner-city families and healthy foods

By Dwight Hobbes
Contributing Writer


We certainly hear enough bad about North Minneapolis. How about some good once in a while? Not that there aren’t plenty positive things going on in that part of town, they just don’t make the news like some others. Consider fairly recent initiative Appetite For Change (AFC). The idea here is to help youngsters help themselves and, while they’re at it, contribute to the community’s wellbeing by involving them in providing an essential resource: food. Continue Reading →

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Penn Gas Stop joins healthy eating project in N. Mpls



By Makula Dunbar

Contributing Writer



If you look closely between the two “No Trespassing” signs on the outside of Penn Gas Stop, an improved addition is advertised on another sign: fresh produce. As a part of the Healthy Corner Store Project, the station located on the corner of Penn and 26th Avenue N. in Minneapolis has ramped up its supply of healthy “grab and go” options. “We wanted to do this for a long time and I just think we needed a little push, “ said store manager Fouad Bazzine. “There was an incentive too, because most people ask for fruits and vegetables all the time anyway.”

Penn Gas Stop is one of more than a dozen corner stores in North Minneapolis taking part in the project, which kicked off January 4 at this location. The Minneapolis-based Appetite for Change program, the City of Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support and the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition teamed up to create the initiative, which encourages healthy eating in communities with minimal access to healthy foods. Continue Reading →

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