Hartford has only one major supermarket, the Super Stop & Shop on New Park Avenue. As a result, many city residents buy all or at least some of their groceries from one of the many small food stores which dot Hartford’s neighborhoods.
The Hartford Food System is partnering with these smaller retailers to improve the nutritional quality of groceries that are sold at their stores. Through the Healthy Food Retailer initiative, stores receive promotional assistance and support from city-administered programs in return for shifting a portion of their shelf space from “junk food” to normal groceries.
25 stores have joined this project since April 2006 and are making excellent progress in offering a healthier selection of food choices. Look for the Healthy Food Retailer sticker on the doors of these local establishments: