Marion organizations work together to address food insecurity

Ohio State Marion Student Paige Montgomery, 22, sets down a box of oranges during a free produce market. A recent study found that 26.7 percent of students surveyed at the campus dealt with 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. 

“People are so stretched for childcare expenses, food expenses, medication,” she said. “We’ve seen an increase in mental health crisis over the pandemic.