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Dollar General’s healthy food partnership with Baton Rouge in the national spotlight

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In its new published Best Practices Report 2020, the U.S. Mayors’ Conference highlighted Dollar General’s role in promoting fresh produce and access to healthier food in Baton Rouge as an example of an innovative public-private partnership that addresses an economic challenge with Communities across the country are facing.

Specifically, the report, produced annually by the U.S. Conference of Mayors for Business, details how Dollar General worked with Mayor Sharon Weston Broome to offer healthier food options in two converted stores in communities with no grocery store nearby.

Dollar General’s curated range offers fresh fruits and vegetables such as lettuce, tomatoes, onions, apples, strawberries, potatoes, sweet potatoes, lemons, limes, mixed lettuce and more. The range includes the top 20 items normally sold in traditional grocery stores and covers about 80% of the product categories that most stores have.

The report also mentions how the chain partnered with the American Heart Association and a local hospital (Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center) to offer “Simple Heart Cooking” courses that teach residents how to cook at affordable prices , hearty healthy meals with fresh produce available at Dollar General.

In a prepared statement, Broome said the collaboration shows the power of public-private partnerships, adding that the city’s HealthyBR team looks forward to working with Dollar General to advance the Geaux Get Healthy Initiative.

The Best Practices Report 2020 can be found here. Dollar General is introduced on page 22.

This story originally appeared in a February 8 issue of the Daily Report.

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