Cherry: Lawmakers study ways to eliminate food deserts in Indiana

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Wednesday, September 6, 2017 2:14 pm

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 6, 2017) – State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) joined lawmakers during an Interim Study Committee on Government meeting Wednesday to discuss possible solutions to eliminate food deserts.   

According to Cherry, food deserts are areas not served by a nearby grocery store. 

“Many of us take for granted our close proximity to grocery stores,” Cherry said. “Over the past few months, we’ve seen communities across the state devastated by the unexpected closing of their local supermarket. Without access to fresh, healthy food, Hoosiers living in food deserts are at higher risk for diet-related health issues. It is important that we find ways to encourage businesses and farmers markets to open and stay in these communities and incorporate transportation infrastructure to ensure that all Hoosiers have access to healthy food regardless of where they live.” 

During the committee hearing, members of the public and experts shared their insight and possible action plans to remove food deserts in Indiana. 

The next Interim Study Committee on Government meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on Oct. 4, in Room 431 at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. For more information and to watch archived and future committee hearings, visit iga.in.gov.

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Rep. Cherry represents House District 53,

which includes portions of Hancock and Madison counties.

A high-resolution photo of Cherry can be downloaded by clicking here.