When we think about what it takes to live healthy, having easy access to nutritious food is critical. Unfortunately, in Marion County, unhealthy food abounds while affordable, healthy options remain limited. For 17 percent of households, a lack of reliable access to healthy food hinders resident’s growth and development, and increases risk for obesity and challenges to health and well-being throughout life. This is especially true in under-resourced neighborhoods, where convenience stores and fast-food restaurants are widespread but major grocery stores are often scarce.

To learn more about food insecurity in Marion, contact Whitney Gherman, Educator at Ohio State University Extension at 740-223-4040 or browse our collection of research, resources and stories of ways groups are working increase access to affordable, healthy food for everyone.