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A selection of produce at the Veggie Van in Linden. The project launched this summer, bringing fresh fruit and vegetables to Columbus' food deserts.
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Monique Williams McCoy greets everyone walking down Cleveland Avenue like a neighbor.

"Hey y’all!" she calls out. "You coming over to check it out today, right? Over to the mobile market?"

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In a parking lot off Cleveland Avenue, pop music blares from speakers as residents of Linden peruse stalls of produce, baked goods and locally made crafts.

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One afternoon, Johnetta Thomas is visiting Lower Lights Christian Health Center for check-up. She lives five houses down from the nonprofit in Columbus’ Franklinton neighborhood - but lives quite a bit further away from other necessities. 

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Fifty-six-year-old Edward Arnholt would not be able to keep food on the table without help from the Champion Avenue pantry on Columbus’ South Side.

Many people in Columbus are going hungry at times because they can’t buy enough nutritious food to last through the month.  A new study by Ohio State University researchers found that a third of households in some neighborhoods struggle to get enough food. 

That figure is twice as high as previously thought.

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The former grocery store in the village of Carrollton, Ohio, looks like your typical creepy abandoned building. It’s dark inside. It’s boarded up with moldy wood.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 78% of U.S. veterans are overweight or obese, compared to the 35% of American adults. A new study out of the University of Illinois at Chicago finds that a large number of U.S. veterans don’t have the best access to healthy resources like supermarkets or gyms.

The study examined census tracts and found that nearly 90%, or 19 million, of U.S. military veterans live in areas with less access to healthy food and physical activity options compared to the average adult living in the continental U.S.

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Northeastern Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan is joining a bipartisan effort to address the problem of food deserts.

Two miles isn't too far to march for a worthy cause, as people are prone to do in the nation's capital. But it is a long way to walk for groceries.

Adora Namigadde

As cashiers greet shoppers and carts squeak across the floors of Campbell’s Market, this Wednesday morning has the air of a celebration. It's opening day in McArthur.

Grocery stores in America have changed from neighborhood corner markets to multimillion-dollar chains that sell convenience — along with thousands of products — to satisfy the demand of the country's hungry consumers. What caused this transformation? And what will our grocery stores be like in the future?

Vinton County has been without a grocery store for more than three years. Campbell's Market will soon change that.

Watering the Food Desert

Aug 7, 2013

10:00 For years, Columbus' east side has been a relative "food desert," a low-income part of town where access to supermarkets and fresh produce is limited. But Saturday marks the opening of the Near East Side Cooperative Market, a member-owned grocery in Olde Town East. This hour, we'll discuss the market model, its goals and economic viability. Guests