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Mars Food, The MolinaCares Accord, and Kroger Delta Division Partner to Improve Access to Healthy Foods in Mississippi Delta | State Government

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Nine out of 10 people getting SNAP benefits struggle to access a healthy diet, new study shows

Almost 90 percent of people receiving SNAP — the federal food assistance program formerly known as food stamps — are struggling to access healthy food, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study released Wednesday.

The nearly 42 million Americans receiving SNAP benefits are one of the most food insecure populations in the country, and more than half responding to a survey said they simply can’t afford the kind of nutritious food that makes up a healthy diet, the study revealed. For others surveyed, the top barriers to access included a lack of transportation to a grocery store

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Ypsi-area programs tackle food insecurity by making healthy food easier to access

When Alex Ball was a teenager living with his family in downtown Romulus, the only grocery store in town closed down. 

“I’d never thought about food that much, but when the store closed down and our neighbors had no access to fresh food, I started wondering, ‘How can I fix this?'” Ball says. “So, at age 18, I started researching and reading and did some small-scale backyard farming.”

That first backyard garden kicked off a journey that would lead Ball to become a farmer at the young age of 18, eventually buying his own piece of land in Sumpter Township

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Baby and mother win right to access Healthy Start food scheme | Benefits

A one-year-old baby and her mother have won a high court challenge granting her the right to access a healthy food and vitamins scheme from which she was previously barred. Thousands of babies and toddlers similarly denied access to the scheme will now be able to benefit from it.

Healthy Start aims to reduce child poverty and health inequalities by providing free vitamins, dietary advice and weekly vouchers to buy nutritious food or infant formula to low-income families with pregnant women and children up to the age of four. It is intended to benefit those in the “greatest need”.

However,

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Utopian grocery store giving people access to healthy food on the southeast side

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – Utopian Community Grocery store is opening this month and supporters say it’s aimed at ending the food desert on the southeast side of Fort Wayne. 

Utopian Community Grocery is set to open May 15th at 7a.m. according to a Facebook post. The store will have fresh produce from local farmers or community gardens.  

The USDA reported in 2017 that 10 percent of people in Allen County are living in a food desert.  

That means those people have low access to a grocery store with healthy and affordable options close to their home 

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Healthy food access to expand in Milwaukee suburbs with new grant

The West Allis-West Milwaukee Recreation and Community Services Department will be able to expand access to healthy foods through its programs thanks to a new $80,000 grant.

The grant, in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association, is part of a $2.5 million grant the association received from the Walmart Foundation, according to a news release from the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District. The grant allows park and recreation agencies nationwide to set up community nutrition hubs to improve the health of community members.

The department is working with Caitlyn White, who works with the city of West Allis

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UofL nursing student helping to increase healthy food access in Perry County

The Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge. The project is overseen by UofL Professor Frances Hardin-Fanning

Paige Newquist, a UofL School of Nursing graduate student, is on a mission to increase access to healthy foods in Perry County, Kentucky.

Paige Newquist, a UofL School of Nursing graduate student
Paige Newquist, a UofL School of Nursing graduate student, is on a mission to increase access to healthy foods in Perry County, Kentucky.

Newquist and Nikki Enlow, a graphic design student at Hazard Community College, have launched a public health information campaign as part of the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge. The project is overseen by UofL Professor Frances Hardin-Fanning and is

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Improving healthy food access for all

WILLOUGHBY HILLS, Ohio — Ashley Weingart is the founder and CEO of Perfectly Imperfect Produce. She and her team know it’s what’s on the inside that counts. 


What You Need To Know

  • Households waste an estimated 76 billion pounds of produce each year, and a significant source comes from “imperfections”
  • Supermarkets reject fruits and veggies that are unique in size, shape or color to meet consumers’ demand for perfection
  • Perfectly Imperfect Produce steps in and saves the produce, helping to reduce food waste 
  • Their mission is to reduce food waste and improve healthy food access for all
  • With every
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Salt Lake City’s homeless lack access to healthy foods. Here’s how one group is working to fix that.

Robby Rocha says people will often walk through the encampment where he was living last month in a field on Salt Lake City’s west side with bags full of food from McDonald’s or Burger King.

“I’ll eat it because you’re hungry,” he said. “McDonald’s is good. But I like when they bring homemade meals and homemade soups and stuff.”

At that moment, Rocha was sitting outside his tent on a camp chair, downing a plant-based meal distributed by volunteers from the Food Justice Coalition, a community group that has been working for the past few months to distribute healthy

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