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ACTION ALERT 5/17/17- Save Healthy Corner Store Initiative!

Take action TODAY, call your representative to save funding for the Healthy Corner Store Initiative (HCSI). 

Below are details from Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!)on HCSI and how to take action NOW.

Many thanks to our friends & partners at YES! for their advocacy on this critical effort.

On Friday, May 12, 2017 the North Carolina Senate passed its version of the state budget. The budget did not include funding for the Healthy Corner Store Initiative (HCSI).
North Carolina needs $1 million in recurring funds in order to increase access to fresh and healthy foods for residents across the state. This initiative also benefits store owners, local farmers and fishermen and entire communities.
The Healthy Corner Store Initiative can help reduce the number of North Carolina residents living with food insecurity by tapping into a community’s existing retail footprint. The Initiative engages corner store and small business owners and provides them with assistance in stocking fresh, healthy foods. Because some of these foods can be locally sourced, the Initiative can also create new markets for farmers and fisherman.
YES! has been supporting this initiative for four years through community surveys, local education and legislative advocacy and we want to see it through!
Contact your representative and ask for their support today!
If you’re not sure who represents you, put your zip code into this website to find them and their contact information. We suggest that you add your Representative and Senator’s name, email and phone number to your contact list so it’s easier to email or call them in the future.
Sample Language
Here is some language that you can use (or make your own message!):
“Hello, my name is ___________________ and I am a constituent of Representative _______________________ (let them know if you’re a farmer or a small retail business owner). I am calling to ask the Representative to include $1 million in recurring funding in the budget for the Healthy Corner Store Initiative in the budget. This investment in the Healthy Corner Store Initiative will expand the program across the state, benefiting small businesses by increasing their profits, encouraging local farmers and fishers to expand to new markets, and providing North Carolina communities with the access to healthy foods they need to live healthy, active lives. The Healthy Corner Store Initiative is a triple-win for our state. Please ask the Representative to stand up to the Senate and do the right thing by fully funding this important initiative. Thank you.”
Contact your representative and ask for their support today!

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