Access to healthy foods is essential for maintaining overall health and well-being, but fresh and nutritious options are scarce in some neighborhoods.

The Healthy Food, Small Market Program aims to bring fresh produce and other healthy options to areas where these are otherwise difficult to access.

The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department is accepting applications from Retail Food Establishments to help increase access to fresh, affordable, healthy food for Toledo residents. TLCHD seeks to partner with six small, independently owned, and licensed neighborhood corner stores. Selected stores may be awarded up to $20,000 to purchase healthy foods, marketing, minor equipment, and major equipment through December 31, 2026.

Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA):

As of June 17, 2024, funding is available for convenience/corner stores to access, display, and sell healthy food options. Before applying, please make sure your store meets ALL the requirements:

  • In one of the following zip codes: 43604, 43605, 43606, 43607, 43608, 43609, 43610, 43611, 43612, 43613, 43614, 43615, 43620.
  • Current Ohio Retail Food Establishment License from the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department.
  • Current City of Toledo Convenience Store License (if applicable).
  • Accept SNAP.
  • Less than 5000 square feet of store retail space.
  • NOT part of a franchise, chain, and/or attached to a gas station.
  • Be committed to continuing the program on your own after 12/31/2026.
If you do not meet the eligibility requirements for ALL listed, you are ineligible to apply for this program.


  • Click here to Apply Online

  • Download Application:
    Return the application in a sealed envelope to 635 N. Erie St. Toledo, OH 43604

English Application

Arabic Application

Spanish Application

Do you need assistance with your application? Our friends at the Library can help! Please reach out to the Small Business and NonProfit department at (419) 259-5244 and they can assist!

This project is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number SLFRP1610 awarded to the CITY OF TOLEDO by the U.S. Department of Treasury.



  1. Read the entire NOFA document for detailed information about the program.
  2. Attend information sessions for additional help or if you have questions.
    – July 17, 7:00-8:30pm at Mott Branch Library
  3. Complete an application with one of the following:
    Paper OR online application to TLCHD by July 31 at 3:00pm.
  4. TLCHD will be in contact with applicants chosen for a second-round interview.
  5. TLCHD will award contracts to six (6) applicants.


Stephanie Baltes RD, LD
[email protected]