Shop Healthy

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You can find many healthy options at corner stores and grocery stores throughout the City. 

Shop Healthy NYC works with communities – including residents, food retailers, and food suppliers and distributors – to increase access to healthy foods. Shop Healthy NYC's main focus is on those neighborhoods with high rates of obesity and limited access to nutritious foods.

Since January 2005, Shop Healthy NYC has worked with more than 1,300 shops in East and Central Harlem, the South Bronx, and Central Brooklyn to promote healthy foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain bread, low-fat milk and dairy products, and low-salt and no-sugar-added canned goods.

Adopt a Shop

Shop Healthy NYC has developed a guide for community residents and organizations interested in working with local food retailers to increase healthy offerings, like fresh fruits and vegetables, 100% whole wheat bread and low-salt canned goods. This guide provides tips for working with retailers to make healthful changes and for increasing community demand for these healthy offerings.
How to Adopt a Shop: A Guide to Working with your Local Food Retailer
Deliver these postcards to your local store to show that there is demand for healthier items. [Español] You can order more postcards by calling 311 (keyword: Shop Healthy postcard).

Does your group have the staff and resources for a neighborhood-wide food retail program?

If your group is interested in transforming a neighborhood's food environment by working not only with food retailers, but with food suppliers, distributors and other community groups, Shop Healthy NYC has created a guide to assist you.
Download the Shop Healthy Implementation Guide:  An innovative approach to changing the food retail environment

For more information about Shop Healthy NYC, contact

Green Carts

Green Carts are mobile food carts that offer fresh produce in New York City neighborhoods with limited access to healthy foods. A Green Cart only sells fresh fruits and vegetables. Green Cart vendors often cater to the community they are serving. Can't find what you are looking for at your local Green Cart? Ask the vendor to stock what you need!

Green Carts operate in areas which have limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
Learn how to apply to be a Green Cart vendor

Are you a Green Cart vendor who would like to accept EBT? Email to inquire about receiving a free wireless EBT terminal for your Green Cart!

Public Markets

Public Markets are a great place to buy fresh and unique food. In the 1930s, the City streets were overflowing with push-cart vendors. There were so many, that in an effort to ease congestion, Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia established several neighborhood public markets: Essex Street, Moore Street, La Marqueta, and the Arthur Avenue Market - each with its own local flavor and a wide variety of items. Today the markets are thriving and more inviting than ever. So visit and enjoy.
Learn about the Essex Street Market
Learn about La Marqueta
Learn about the Arthur Avenue Market
Learn about the Moore Street Market

Healthy Shopping for Seniors

MarketRide provides senior citizens with transportation from participating City Senior Centers to nearby supermarkets and farmers markets where they can purchase nutritious food. Through an arrangement with the Department of Education and DFTA, school buses can be booked by DFTA community partners to take seniors on shopping and other trips between the hours of 9:30 – 1:30, October through May when school is in session. Trips must be booked four weeks before trip date. Call 212-442-1174.