food access

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Findings from a new study on fast food availability appear to turn previous research on its head.

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Twice a month, Ilene Loper gets up at five in the morning and takes three buses for at least an hour each way to get groceries from the St. Vincent De Paul food pantry on East 30th Street.  Even if she could afford to shop there, she lives more than two miles away from the nearest supermarket.

Program Provides Cancer Patients With Medically-Tailored Meals

Apr 3, 2017
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Two out of every five Hoosiers are expected to develop cancer and studies show good nutrition enhances chances of survival. A program aims to support Hoosier cancer patients living with food insecurity with medically-tailored meals is getting a boost in Indy.

Financing Sought For Healthy Food Legislation In Indiana

Mar 22, 2017
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Supporters of a bill that would expand access to healthy food rallied at the Statehouse this week. They are pushing for lawmakers to establish a healthy food financing initiative.

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Eight rural communities across Kansas will share $120,000 in grants over the next year to find ways to improve access to fresh produce.

Meals On Wheels Wants To Be The ‘Eyes and Ears’ For Hospitals, Doctors

Jan 10, 2017
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Debbie Case held an insulated bag with two packaged meals — a sandwich wrap and fruit for lunch, a burrito and cauliflower for dinner.

“You’re going to eat well today,” Case told 75-year-old Dave Kelly as she handed him the meals. Kelly lost his sight about two years ago and reluctantly gave up cooking.

Garden To Pantry: Fight Against Hunger Evolving

Nov 23, 2016
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Food pantries are an important part of the safety net for the one in six Indiana residents who struggles with hunger. But pantries face a lot of obstacles when it comes to providing fresh, healthy food.


When Food Banks Say No To Sugary Junk, Schools Offer A Solution

Nov 23, 2016

This is the time of year when donations to food banks spike. But, some food banks are getting pickier about what they'll accept.

Earlier this year the Capital Area Food Bank announced it would "dramatically" cut back on junk food it receives and distributes. This means saying "no" to donations such as sheet cakes, holiday candy, sugary sodas and other processed, bakery items.

Beyond Farmers Markets: Cities, States Champion Locally Grown Food

Nov 7, 2016
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Six years ago, only a few U.S. cities had food policy directors — strategists tasked with connecting communities with local farm products and improving access to food in underserved neighborhoods. Now, in line with a national push to improve access to healthy foods and support urban agriculture, nearly 20 cities have them.

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A monthly reception at the Kheprw Institute, in the Crown Hill neighborhood northwest of downtown Indianapolis, brings a group of Indianapolis residents together to socialize, eat, and talk about how to make their community better.