By John Ostapkovich

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A 30-year-old Philadelphia woman has been recognized for her work trying to improve food choice for thousands of people for whom seeing a supermarket is about as common as seeing Superman.

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“Food deserts,” as they are known, exist in many cities, but Brianna Almaguer Sandoval of the Food Trust Corner Store Initiative focuses on Philadelphia, Camden and Norristown.

“Temple University conducted a study with the Food Trust to see the impact of corner stores on children’s lives, and we found that 53% of them were shopping at corner stores at least once a day,” she said.

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The Initiative has persuaded more than 650 corner store owners to offer more healthful fare, but to make this work, people actually have to buy it, so there’s a customer outreach too.

“We also do nutrition education in nearby public schools and we even have nutrition education taking place inside our corner stores,” Sandoval said.

Sandoval was named a young food leader by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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