Fighting Columbus Food Deserts
Margaret Griffin / Class of 2017
Nearly 29 million Americans live in food deserts, areas with little access to the fresh produce needed for proper nutrition and development. The data for Ohio show that between 16 percent and 20 percent of the state’s population lives in a food desert.
The Unity Fridge Program is a food-sharing system that will place refrigerators within the local community, preferably around schools, and connect to community gardens and restaurants to fill each fridge with fresh, locally-grown produce. By placing the fridges in schools, children leaving school for the day will have immediate access to nutritious produce to bring home.
Additionally, the program will create an on-campus garden managed by Ohio State students and faculty. A student organization will help with planting, garden upkeep and produce delivery. The Unity Fridge Program will change lives and strengthen students’ commitment to bettering the lives of others.