On June 18, over 20 advocates from the American Heart Association, YMCA State Alliance and The Food Trust gathered at the New Jersey State House in Trenton to celebrate the introduction of the Healthy Small Food Retailer Act (S3043/A4505).
The bill is being sponsored by Senator Ron Rice and Senator Nilsa Cruz-Perez in the Senate and Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly, Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter, Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan, Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia, Assemblyman Angel Fuentes, Assemblyman Daniel Benson and Assemblyman Gilbert Wilson. It would provide state support to the NJ Healthy Corner Stores Initiative. The program has been operating on the local level for several years and provides training, education and resources to small stores that agree to offer healthier products to their customers.
The event at the State House included a press conference with Assemblymen Wimberly and Diegnan to announce the introduction of the bill and highlight the benefits. Advocates then received training on the issue and were able to talk to several other legislators throughout the day.
To learn more about the NJ Healthy Corner Store Initiative or to get involved, please visit the website at njhealthycornerstores.heart.org!