The purpose of our article is twofold. First, we introduce a framework for U.S. Extension educators to measure the extent of food access at any scale when information about food carried by retailers is limited. Second, we create a baseline for the Ohio Food Policy Council so that work to increase food access in rural areas will have a benchmark to measure success. Three broad aspects of food accessibility—physical, economic, and healthful—are considered. Lack of larger supermarkets, lack of competition, and high concentrations of nearby fast food alternatives are three issues that deserve attention in rural Ohio.
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Mulangu, F., & Clark, J. (2012). Identifying and Measuring Food Deserts in Rural Ohio. The Journal of Extension, 50(3), Article 41. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.50.03.41