TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – A new state program aims to make fresh produce easier to buy across the state.
It’s called “Healthy Food for Ohio” and a local community hopes businesses will take advantage to help those having a tough time getting fresh fruits and veggies.
The program has two main goals. To make people healthy and to bring in business.
Throughout Trotwood, FoodTown stands as the city’s only grocery store.
“The one store that we have is small and we don’t have a lot of variety of ingredients. You have a few but not a lot,” said Dr. Kimberly Bethel who treats patients at Trotwood Physician Center.
According to her, the short list of healthy food options in town is taking a toll on her patients’ health.
“For our community, that’s horrible because we have a lot of blood pressure problems, diabetes problems and that does not go with a healthy diet at all,” said Dr. Bethel.
The new state program, lead in part by State Representative Jeff Rezabek of Clayton, is to make eating healthier, easier for Ohioans.
Rep. Rezabek spent part of Tuesday afternoon promoting the “Healthy Food for Ohio” Program in Trotwood.
It allows business owners to apply for grant money to spend on expanding their fresh produce aisles, or by opening a new store to sell fruits and vegetables.
“When you have healthy people, you can see more businesses come in because they have the good workforce available to make sure those jobs and businesses are successful,” said Rep. Jeff Rezabek of Clayton.
Dr. Bethel hopes that success will not only benefit her patients, but also the community she’s worked in for nearly thirty years.
“I’m a big cheerleader for businesses in Trotwood cause that’s what we need. We need that growth here, we need that development here and we certainly need fresh food here,” said Dr. Bethel.
2NEWS did speak with the owner of Foodtown in Trotwood. He said fresh produce makes up about ten percent of space in his store and he doesn’t plan on expanding.
For more information on how to apply for funding contact Rep. Jeff Rezabek at:
77 S. High St
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 466-2960