Mahan: 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. Kevin Mahan (R-Hartford City) joined lawmakers during an Interim Study Committee on Government meeting Wednesday to discuss possible solutions to eliminate food deserts.   

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

“This is a real problem facing both our rural and urban communities,” said Mahan, vice chair of the Interim Study Committee on Government. “In some areas, local gas stations and convenience stores are the only option available for nearby food shopping. Without access to affordable, fresh, healthy food, Hoosiers within food deserts are more likely to suffer from diet-related health risks, like obesity, diabetes and heart disease.”

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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State Rep. Kevin Mahan represents House District 31, which includes

Blackford County and portions of Delaware, Grant and Wells counties.

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