OSU to take part in rural nutrition project
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University is taking part in a project to help isolated communities increase availability of nutritious food.
The university’s extension service said the project will focus on what the U.S. Department of Agriculture calls “rural food deserts” — those areas of the state where a substantial number of people are far from supermarkets.
Ohio State says the team is testing the theory that communities with local food policy councils will have less of a hunger problem than those that don’t. Improving food pantries is one of the project’s main goals.
The five-year, $4 million grant program is called “Voices for Food.” It’s led by South Dakota State University and also includes researchers in Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Nebraska.
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