Groups Help Improve Local Grocery Store

A local grocery store is now able to roll out fruits and vegetables in a new way. 

Lanka Grocery used to use heavy wooden boxes to display their fruits and vegetables, but Thursday they received new rolling bins. 

The non-profit City Harvest teamed up with the city's Small Business Services to help corner stores improve their store-fronts and sell more produce.

The store's owner says it's much easier now for workers to put their produce out in the morning and take it in at the night.

 "It would require members of the community to travel further out of the community to get the fresh produce, or settle for processed foods. And we thought that that needed to be addressed," said Gregg Bishop, Commissioner, NYC Department of Small Business Services

"The stores are not making that much money from the beers and the chips they sell. They're actually making a lot more money from the produce they sell, so we're really trying to help them see that and expand that part of their business," said Rosanna Campitiello Robins, Director of Retail Partnerships, City Harvest.

Cooking instructors from City Harvest were also on hand to teach how to make Sri-Lankan style curry green beans. 

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