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Naturally Impactful: With Summer Program, Columbus Rec and Parks Promotes Food Security and Health

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Naturally Impactful: With Summer Program, Columbus Rec and Parks Promotes Food Security and Health

Food scarcity may not be at the front of everyone’s mind in the deep summer months, but it’s a problem the Columbus Department of Recreation and Park prepares to confront every year. For 48 years, the Department has sponsored summer meal programs to make sure that kids who are without school lunches for three months […]

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Local Food Action Plan Passes for Central Ohio

Grace Fleisher Grace Fleisher Local Food Action Plan Passes for Central Ohio

The City of Columbus has teamed up with the Franklin County Board of Commissioners in an effort to provide healthy local food to all of Central Ohio. Columbus nonprofit Local Matters detailed needed food improvements in the first ever city-wide food plan — an effort to address the crippling economic issues contributing to the lack […]

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Food Activists Rally to Influence Presidential Campaign

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Food Activists Rally to Influence Presidential Campaign

Food activists gathered on the OSU campus Tuesday to discuss how food policy should be incorporated in political discourse. The Plate of the Union, an event held by student groups and local and statewide advocates, rallied to talk about the impact of the current food system on the nation’s health and economy. “Food!” “Justice!” “Workers!” […]

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Impoverished Neighborhoods to Benefit from New Healthy Food Program

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Impoverished Neighborhoods to Benefit from New Healthy Food Program

A lot of Ohioans lack reasonable access to healthy food, and it’s killing them, a report found. Affordable and nutritional food is not evenly distributed throughout the state, leaving many neighborhoods with better access to fast food than fruits and vegetables. These dietary choices have been directly linked to obesity and its various health complications. […]

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Panelists Discuss Food Deserts and Nutrition Access In Urban Communities

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Panelists Discuss Food Deserts and Nutrition Access In Urban Communities

Members of the Columbus Metropolitan Club gathered Wednesday to listen to a panel discussion about the pressing issue of food and food access in Ohio. The panelists talked about the danger of “food deserts,” areas where people, frequently poor and more likely African-American than white, find themselves cut off from sources of healthy food options. […]

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Food District Project Breaks Ground in Weinland Park

Walker Evans Walker Evans Food District Project Breaks Ground in Weinland Park

The Godman Guild and the Community Economic Development Corporation of Ohio (CEDCO) officially kicked off the Weinland Park Food District project last Thursday with a ground-breaking event. The Food District was announced last August as a new neighborhood anchor that will provide workforce development opportunities, access to fresh foods and permanent jobs for area residents. […]

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Food Deserts in Columbus

Walker Evans Walker Evans Food Deserts in Columbus

A “Food Desert” is an area where a substantial number of residents have low access to supermarkets and/or grocery stores. Typically, these are also defined as low-income areas where residents also have limited mobility options for reaching grocery stores outside of their neighborhoods. The Economic Research Service (ERS) at the United States Department of Agriculture […]

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