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story.lead_photo.caption Customer Alvaro Maduro, left, speaks with Maria Vanegas with The Food Trust about whole grain tortillas at the Indiana Food Market, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, in Philadelphia. Mom-and-pop convenience stores in socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods in Philadelphia have been getting healthier through the “Fresh Corner” initiative, an effort designed to help residents eat better in places considered to be food deserts. Now, a handful of corner stores are going even further by constructing special display kiosks, offering recipe cards and even holding cooking demonstrations. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

PHILADELPHIA — From the outside, Carmen Medina’s convenience store appears to be an oasis in the food desert of gritty north Philadelphia, from its bright-yellow-andwhite-striped awnings to the fake palm tree sculptures on the sidewalk.

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Business, Pages 68 on 02/02/2014

Print Headline: Philadelphia corner stores going healthy

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