Community Food Assessment Reveals Problems with Food Distribution, Accessibility

Jun 8, 2018

Data from the Community Food Assessment was presented to Columbia residents at the Activity and Recreation Center Thursday night. The community health survey was conducted through March 16 by Live Well Boone County and the Build This Town Campaign for the construction of the Agriculture Park.

The assessment, organized by the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, revealed problems in residents’ access to food. Some of the most prominent issues were grocery store distribution, availability of healthy and affordable food options and transportation to food sources.

The assessment consisted of three parts: a community health survey, focus groups and food inventory. It focused on three neighborhoods in central, east and north Columbia.

Answers from the 1,988 respondents were intended to “assist in the development of future programming working to improve the regional health environment in Boone County,” according to the Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services website.

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