Where liquor bottles and adver- tisements once occupied prime space by the front door of the Daldas Grocery in San Francisco’s Tenderloin dis- trict, customers now shop for
lettuce and carrots.
The Tenderloin is one of many inner city and rural areas
lacking healthy food options. There are no supermarkets
or grocery stores in those areas. The closest ones are a
long walk or several bus rides away.
The closest supermarket to the Tenderloin is a mile away.
But there are more than 70 corner stores serving an area
of less than half a square mile.
By John Van Gieson
Corner stores typically make their money selling alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets and junk food. They may
offer customers a handful of bananas or apples, but
not much else in the way of healthy foods.
The Daldas Grocery, owned by Indian immigrant
Satwinder “Bill” Multani, was one of them until public
health specialists from the city of San Francisco introduced Multani to a program promoting healthy food
Healthy Retail SF promotes healthy
food options in corner stores.
A Healthy Food Store Movement
Ensuring low-income and rural neighborhoods have access to healthy food options
Courtesy of Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation
Stockbox Grocers in Seattle, Wash. Photos courtesy of Philabundance
Satwinder “Bill” Multani, owner of Daldas Grocery, in San Francisco