by Jeff Delp
At Carver Market, we are always brainstorming new ways to connect with customers and to offer wholesome food options for our community. One of our goals from the start of this grocery was to offer healthy foods and support nutritious choices in South Atlanta. This year, we’ve started a few new initiatives to encourage healthy diets.
#1 - Labeling Healthy Food
Working with the Georgia Food Bank Association, we now have labels throughout the store to help customers identify healthy food choices. We want to make eating well the easy option, but just having products on the shelf may not be enough.
If someone is trying to change their nutrition habits, they may not be familiar with which foods are healthy. These labels are our way of helping customers quickly and easily identify healthy products with the hope that residents can make strong nutrition choices at the Carver Market.
#2 - Cut Fruit And Yogurt
Prepared food is another great way to support healthy eating in our community. As I’m sure you understand, people on the go need something quick. More often than not, that ends up being something quite unhealthy.
Our freshly cut fruit and yogurt parfait with Pure Bliss granola are quality alternatives for breakfast or a quick lunch. So far, we’ve been getting great feedback, and they’re doing really well.
#3 - Doubling EBT On Produce
We want fresh fruits and vegetables to be as affordable as possible. To that effort, customers who use EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer for state benefits) will receive double benefits for produce purchases on Thursdays from February through May.
We hope this price deal will encourage our customers with EBT to stock up on fruit and vegetables. It may even give them the purchasing freedom to try something new! This initiative is made possible by Georgia Food Oasis and the The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation.
#4 - Chef Demos
Georgia Food Oasis and the The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation are also sponsoring our upcoming Chef Demos. The goal of this project is to introduce neighbors to new, local food options from urban farms. We’ll teach residents how to cook and eat foods that may be previously unfamiliar.
Our first event will be February 18 with Chef G Garvin. You can get details and RSVP to com here. We do additional demos in February and March, so stay tuned! We hope to encourage all shoppers to experiment by adding new, healthy foods to their menus.
Thank you for continuing to support the Carver Neighborhood Market and healthy, creative options in South Atlanta!