Ohio State Project Leverages Institutional Food Purchasing to Help Disadvantaged Families, Improve Nutrition in Columbus

COLUMBUS—Can a large urban university flex its food-purchasing muscle to lift up disadvantaged families, enhance the diets of vulnerable children and improve food security in its community?

The Ohio State University, through its Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT), is working with central Ohio partners to do just that.

With the support of a three-year $750,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, InFACT is creating a plan to develop a network of between 100 and 500 low-income families, particularly in communities of color, that could grow food and sell it to Ohio State and perhaps other institutions and businesses in the area. The goal is to provide technical assistance and training so families can start small-scale food enterprises that both supplement their income and improve their children’s nutrition.

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