Foodlink celebrated the grand re-opening of its second remodeled neighborhood store, T&K Fresh Corner, with a neighborhood-wide celebration, Tuesday, Aug. 4, officials from the organization stated. The store, located at 479 Carter St., has undergone an extensive redesign, and put a focus on fresh produce and healthy groceries.
According to officials, T&K Fresh Corner’s owners, Takele Delnesa and Kiflu Embaye, were chosen as participants in Foodlink’s Community Store Initiative because of their commitment to creating a healthy space for the N.E. Unity neighborhood.
“Foodlink knows that the corner store is the key form of food retail in many parts of Rochester,” Mitch Gruber, Foodlink’s director of programs and innovation, stated. “That is why we are thrilled to work with the Healthy Food Healthy Communities fund to transform the T&K Minimart into the T&K Fresh Corner. This community store is going to be a great asset for the UNITY N.E. neighborhood, because it will be a consistent source of fresh, healthy, and affordable foods.”
Over the course of several months, T&K has undergone exterior and interior renovations, added new equipment, and increased its availability of fresh fruits and vegetables.
In addition, the store now also accepts SNAP and WIC.
Citizens Bank, and the Healthy Food Healthy Communities Fund through New York State have funded the initiative. MJ Dash Designs and Idea Connections have also partnered with Foodlink in the endeavor.
“Increased access to healthy lifestyle choices is a key to our efforts to create safer and more vibrant neighborhoods, better schools, and more jobs for our citizens,” Mayor Lovely Warren stated. “Good nutrition is the starting point for a successful life, and the city of Rochester applauds Foodlink’s Community Store Initiative for improving the number of options for healthy foods, and fresh produce for residents.”
Back in January, Foodlink launched its first community store, the Stop One Meat Market, located at 352 Jay St.
Since that time, Stop One has sourced and sold over 2,000 pounds of fresh produce.
Additionally, Foodlink’s Community Programs staff members have hosted over 20 nutrition education courses for 250 participants, including two healthy grocery store tours to help neighborhood residents shop, and find healthy options at the community store on a budget.
Both stores are open daily, and committed to providing healthy food in their neighborhoods, according to officials. Foodlink officials said T&K Fresh Corner and StopOne Meat Market offer a wide variety of affordable fruits and vegetables, WIC-approved products, and healthy prepared foods.