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Addressing Challenges In Food Insecure Communities


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Millions of Americans live in food deserts nationwide.

Indianapolis recently was ranked as the worst city for food deserts in the nation. Indiana as a whole saw an increase in food insecurity last year, even as the nationwide rate fell.

Marsh Supermarkets recently announced it will likely close all of its stores, therefore, access to fresh food for many people could become more challenging.

Hoosiers need more assistance with accessing and obtaining nutritious food, and the state hasn’t funded programs addressing the issue. The responsibility of ensuring healthy food options exist in every community is currently up to local outreach organizations.

This week on Noon Edition our panelists talked about how food deserts form, the driving forces behind food insecurity, and what is being done to address these problems.




Cynthia Stone: Clinical Professor, School of Public Health at IUPUI

Nathan Kring: Tipton County Economic Development Organization Executive Director

Lilly Brown: Ph.D Candidate in Anthropology and Food Studies at IU

  • Lilly

    Hi all, I wanted to make a correction to my statement about the availability of fresh produce at Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, and Hoosier Hills Food Bank. I only meant to point out that the people who work and volunteer at these organizations put a lot of effort into providing healthy foods for their consumers. However, they depend on donations for their services. They absolutely need more donations for fresh fruits and vegetables. If you are a food donor, consider donating fresh fruits and veggies on a regular basis. Folks who depend on the Hub and HHFB need better access to those foods. Thanks to our listeners for tuning in, particularly to the second caller who pointed out my mistake. -Lilly Brown

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