Marion organizations work together to address food insecurity

Summertime is usually a busy season for Whitney Gherman and other staff members at the Ohio State University Extension. 

Last summer, the social justice educator was involved in creating an urban farm with members of Mayes Community Temple Church, as well as distributing starter plans for King’s Temple Apostolic Church on how to grow healthy food. 

This year, OSU Extension provided meat for Logos Christian Ministries’ produce market on Saturday. The group plans to help other food pantries in Marion. 

Supplying fresh and healthy foods for the community has long been a priority for Gherman, who specializes in food access. 

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Kingsport Nutrition is ready to shake up healthy options | News

KINGSPORT — There aren’t too many places you can find a fast meal you won’t regret later. But the folks at Kingsport Nutrition are hoping to change that.

Kingsport Nutrition offers meal-replacement shakes and loaded teas for a healthy alternative to typical food you can get on the go.

“It’s fast food for healthy people,” said Betsy Gray, one of the co-owners of Kingsport Nutrition. “We have a lot of good healthy choices for folks. It makes a good healthy breakfast and lunch. You can balance that out with a healthy dinner and you’re in good shape for that day.”

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Community groups benefit from grants based on hospital improvements

CLINTON – UMass Memorial Health- HealthAlliance Clinton Hospital recently invested $717,000 to fund community-based initiatives aimed at tackling the urgent health challenges of food insecurity, substance abuse, and workforce development.  To date, the hospital has committed more than $820,000 in resources, including emergency COVID response funding. 

This funding was made available by the Mass. Determination of Need (DoN) process regulating community investment as hospital capital improvement projects are approved.  As a result of HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital’s new Emergency Department, the hospital agreed to invest more than $2 million over a five-year period.   

Once the hospital completes an updated community needs assessment

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Best 5 Spots For Healthy Food Near You In Plano

While hot chicken and taco restaurants have seemingly popped up everywhere over the past year, many of us are still only wanting to indulge in these types of treats more sparingly and find more healthy food nearby.

Fortunately, several health conscious spots have opened in Collin County as well. While the list of all the healthful options in the county could go on and on, we’ve decided to break them up for you city-by-city. Here are five of our favorites near you in Plano!

Salad and Go

1400 Coit Road, Plano | saladandgo.com

Salad and Go’s buffalo chicken salad is
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Despite improvements, hundreds of Northeast Michiganders struggle to access healthy food | News, Sports, Jobs

News Photo by Crystal Nelson
Kim Gamache, manager at Male’s Grocery Store, stocks coffee at the store earlier this month.

ALPENA — More people in Northeast Michigan have easy access to food than in prior years, but hundreds of households still struggle to reach a grocery store.

Compared to 2015, 56 fewer Northeast Michigan households in 2019 lived far from a supermarket and lacked access to a vehicle to get them there, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Access Research Atlas.

The reasons for the improvement weren’t immediately clear, though the USDA data suggests

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Central Wis. working to bridge healthy food disparities

(WSAW) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released its findings of the hurdles people who participate in the supplemental nutrition assistance program face when trying to maintain a healthy diet. It found nearly nine in 10 people have some kind of barrier.

The cost of healthy foods is one, with 61% of people saying that was an issue, and the research found that those individuals are twice as likely to experience food insecurity. Nearly a third said they do not have time to prepare meals from scratch. Transportation was another common hurdle with 19% of people noting that challenge.

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