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Video: Cooking on a Budget with Local Matters

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Video: Cooking on a Budget with Local Matters

Local Matters, an organization addressing food insecurity, is bringing back their Veggie Van. First introduced in 2009, the Veggie Van has recently received an influx of funding to get it back on the streets in neighborhoods without easy access to fresh, organic produce. Tori Strickland, Director of Programs for Local Matters, says this newest iteration […]

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This Entrepreneur Wants to Feed the Hungry with Ugly and Misshapen Produce

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega This Entrepreneur Wants to Feed the Hungry with Ugly and Misshapen Produce

People are hungry, and good food is going to waste. Enter: Misfits Market, a subscription service delivering low-cost, mildly ugly produce to frugal or limited-budget buyers. A Philadelphia-based operation, Misfits Market is the brain child of Abhi Ramesh, a native Atlantan who, while apple-picking at a farm near Philadelphia, observed a peculiar practice by the […]

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Columbus State Partners with Mid-Ohio Foodbank on Student-Centric Market

Walker Evans Walker Evans Columbus State Partners with Mid-Ohio Foodbank on Student-Centric Market

If you’re hungry, it’s difficult to concentrate in the classroom. That concept is prevalent in grade schools and high schools across the country, but hunger-based needs don’t stop at the college level. Leaders at Columbus State Community College are well aware of this issue, and are looking to take the next step in addressing food […]

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All People’s Fresh Market Opening Soon

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega All People’s Fresh Market Opening Soon

All People’s Fresh Market, first announced last June to be taking over an old beer and wine drive-thru on Parsons Avenue, will have a grand opening next month. Run by the Church for All People’s Healthy Eating and Living Director Erin West, the market will supply free fresh fruits and vegetables to anyone earning up […]

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International Health Food Activist Weighs in on Local Childhood Food Insecurity

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega International Health Food Activist Weighs in on Local Childhood Food Insecurity

While other kids were hankering for chicken nuggets and cheese pizza, Haile Thomas was eating lamb vindaloo. The 16-year-old superstar who’s been on several Food Network shows, the Today Show, and Dr. Oz, and was featured in publications like O Magazine, Teen Vogue and YES Magazine, brought her mission to Columbus on Monday, at the […]

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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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Focus on Philanthropy: Family Mentor Foundation Combats Food Insecurity

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Focus on Philanthropy: Family Mentor Foundation Combats Food Insecurity

Ten years of teaching middle schoolers will offer an experience unlike any other. For Kari Vernon, it opened her up to the unique struggles of food insecure children, inspiring her to start the Family Mentor Foundation (FMF), a local nonprofit fighting food insecurity in eight schools around Columbus and Worthington. Food insecurity isn’t just about […]

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