Buckeye Beat: Vinton County Grocery Store Opens in Food Desert

FARMER’S MARKETS ARE A GREAT WAY TO GET THE FRESHEST PRODUCE – BUT, EVEN IF A FARMER’S MARKET ISN’T AVAILABLE, YOU CAN ALWAYS MAKE A QUICK TRIP TO THE GROCERY STORE!

WELL, NOT ALWAYS…IN FACT, SOME PEOPLE LIVE IN AREAS THAT ARE REFERRED TO AS “FOOD DESERTS.” A FOOD DESSERT IS A REGION IN WHICH RESIDENTS DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO FRESH FRUIT, VEGETABLES, AND OTHER HEALTHY FOOD – THEY CAN BE IN BIG CITIES, OR IN RURAL TOWNS.

HERE IN OHIO, ONE WELL-KNOWN FOOD DESERT IS VINTON COUNTY, WHERE SOME RESIDENTS HAVE TO DRIVE MORE THAN AN HOUR TO BUY FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. BUT, SOON, THAT WILL CHANGE! MARISA OBERLE, FROM OUR PARTNERS AT WOUB, HAS MORE IN THIS WEEK’S BUCKEYE BEAT.
FRESH MEAT, PRODUCE AND DAIRY IS COMING BACK TO VINTON COUNTY…

I wanna congratulate everybody in Vinton county on what today means it's a real new beginning it's a beginning that will bring healthy food back to Vinton county

THREE YEARS AGO THE COUNTY'S ONLY GROCERY STORE CHECKED OUT...
MEANING PEOPLE LIKE VINTON COUNTY RESIDENT RHODA PRICE HAVE HAD TO MAKE CHOICES ABOUT THINGS MOST OF US TAKE FOR GRANTED...

how would you like to drive 10 miles one way at least, and I found out today some people drive 25 miles, one way to get one of these to eat and enjoy or would you stay home and take a potassium>

BUT STARTING IN AUGUST RESIDENTS WON'T BE FORCED TO MAKE THOSE DECISIONS ANYMORE...
CAMPBELL'S MARKET PLANS TO OPEN A 12,000 SQUARE FOOT STORE NEXT TO VINTON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL...
AND VINTON COUNTY RESIDENTS LIKE PRICE ARE EXCITED...

i think people are going to ban together


Instructional Links


Website Article: Centers for Disease Control, A Look Inside Food Deserts

Online Reference Book: Ohio History Connection, Ohio History Central, Vinton County

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