National recognition for local "Young Food Leader"


Brianna Almaguer Sandoval at the National Resources Defense Council's Growing Green Award ceremony - photo by Orange PhotographyBrianna Almaguer Sandoval of The Food Trust’s Healthy Corner Store Initiative, was one of just four winners of the Natural Resources Defense Council's Growing Green Award. Almaguer Sandoval was chosen from among 200 candidates working in the field of sustainable food across the nation.

The 2013 Growing Green panel of judges, which included food scene heavyweights such as Michael Anthony (Executive Chef at Gramercy Tavern) and Nell Newman (Newman’s Organics), named Brianna as the winner of the “Young Food Leader” category for her work helping to bring healthier food options to over 680 corner stores in the Philadelphia region. She received the award on April 4 at the 2013 Growing Green Awards gala in San Francisco.

The Healthy Corner Store Initiative partners with corner stores, local governments and community members to bring both access and awareness to residents who live in urban areas where finding fresh food can be a challenge. They work to adjust both the supply and demand sides. In addition to helping corner stores obtain the funding and work out the logistics to install refrigeration units for fresh produce, low fat dairy items and healthier beverages, The Food Trust teaches nutrition education through the middle schools Snackin’ Fresh program, in-store cooking demos, nutrition fact sheets and community gardens.

“It’s an honor of course, but I just hope it will give this project media attention which other business leaders will hear and be inspired," says Brianna, who has worked with the Food Trust since 2008. "We want them to realize that selling healthy food can be just as profitable as the unhealthy food.”

EMILY KOVACH writes about food, beer and other delicious things in Philadelphia.