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Trump case expected to head to the jury today; IN food banks concerned about draft Farm Bill; NH parents, educators urge veto of anti-LGBTQ+ bills; Study shows a precipitous drop in migratory fish populations, in US and worldwide.

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Actor Robert DeNiro joins Capitol Police officers to protest against Donald Trump at his New York hush money trial as both sides make closing arguments. And the Democratic Party moves to make sure President Biden will be on the ballot in Ohio.

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Smokey Bear thought only "you" could prevent forest fires, but decomposing mushrooms may also help, a Native American community in Oregon is achieving healthcare sovereignty, and Colorado farmers hope fast-maturing, drought-tolerant seeds will better handle climate change.

Grants offer Ohioans funding to improve food access, housing and more

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Thursday, February 8, 2024   

A community of older residents in Alliance, Ohio, now has better access to fresh foods, thanks to funding to help local people convert a vacant space inside an old elementary school building into a full-service grocery store located next to senior high-rise apartments.

Tom Phillips, executive director of the nonprofit StarkFresh, said the region has felt the effects of decades of disinvestment. He emphasized being awarded an AARP Community Challenge grant has been a game changer for older residents living within walking distance of the grocery store.

"A lot of people have $18, $20 for the entire month on their SNAP EBT card," Phillips pointed out. "Through our incentive programs, we're able to stretch that, and basically double that or more depending on what they're purchasing."

Community Challenge grant applications are now open to eligible nonprofit organizations and local governments. The deadline to apply is March 6. Since 2017, AARP has funded 35 projects in Ohio.

Philips noted the AARP Community Challenge grant allowed his organization to close some of the gaps for needed equipment, such as freezers and shelving.

"It's for the individuals who don't have anywhere else to go and then come here right in their own neighborhood, get some food, It's a really big deal," Philips observed. "It's a life changer for a lot of people."

Feeding America found nearly 150,000 seniors in Ohio are unsure where they will get their next meal.


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