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Even as Ohioans try to stay home to flatten the coronavirus curve, grocery stores are open and essential for food and other necessities.

A Case Western Reserve University scientist says she has observed behavior in local stores that she finds troubling. As people are doing their best to social distance and lessen the spread of the virus, she says some mistakes are being made in the process.

Ideastream host Glenn Forbes spoke with health reporter Marlene Harris-Taylor about ways people can stay safe while they shop.  

The Old North Dayton Neighborhood Association is organizing a new effort to transport residents to nearby grocery stores after a tornado ripped apart the area's only full-service grocery. The neighborhood was among the hardest-hit in the Miami Valley Memorial Day tornado outbreak.

Stacy Meyers works at Evans Bakery in Old North Dayton. The mother of five also lives in the neighborhood and says she’s been spending $50 to $100 more on food for her family each week since the tornado destroyed the Grocery Lane store.

A Kroger grocery store in Dearborn, Mich.
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Kroger announced this week it’s getting into the meal delivery game.

Bhuwan Pyakurel was elected Tuesday to Reynoldsburg City Council, making him the nation's first Nepali-Bhutanese elected official.
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A bell softly chimes as a couple opens the door of Annapurna International Grocery in Reynoldsburg. It’s a popular grocery-shopping destination for the city’s Nepali-Bhutanese population.

Kroger announced Monday that it’s closing its Columbus Bakery facility effective immediately, laying off more than 400 employees.

A granola bar enthusiast walks into a grocery store, scouting for a healthy treat. The first shelf is lined with KIND Bars, with wrappers flaunting things like "five super grains" and zero genetically engineered ingredients. Below sit boxes of Quaker Chewy bars, 100-calorie oat snacks spotted with marshmallows and chocolate chips. Finally, there's Annie's Homegrown granola bars, gluten-free and "made with goodness."

Kwodwo Ababio owns the New Harvest Urban Arts Center in Linden.
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Kwodwo Ababio owns the New Harvest Urban Arts Center on Cleveland Avenue in Linden. In the lot next door, he shows off their garden.

Oxfam wants Cincinnati-based Kroger to be more transparent about where it gets the products it sells in its family of grocery chains.

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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. 

Debbie Holmes

The Columbus health department took the unusual step of shutting down two grocery stores this month after shoppers reported rodent droppings and chewed grocery items on store shelves.  

Any dumpster diver can tell you: Grocery stores throw away a lot of food.

But food discarded off the shelf is just one way that grub gets trashed. There's other waste along a grocery store's supply chain —rejected crops at farms, for example — that's often overlooked. So The Center for Biological Diversity and The "Ugly" Fruit and Veg Campaign recently asked the 10 largest U.S. supermarkets how they handle food waste, and gave each store's efforts a letter grade.

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Abandoned shopping carts are becoming so much of a nuisance in some parts of Canton that City Council has passed a law to try to address the problem.

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.

The retail economy in rural America has been rough for decades. But where thousands of stores have closed in recent years, Dollar General is thriving, sometimes at the expense of local shops. Dollar Generals are discount stores that sell goods from hand tools to hot dogs. They're reshaping the retail landscape in small towns. And making lots of friends — and enemies — in the process.

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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.