(Charleston) According to a bill introduced the legislature this session, 33 percent of the state’s population lives in a food desert, with over 70 percent living over 10 minutes from a grocery store.
A block grant program called West Virginia Healthy Food Crop aims to change that by creating an inventory of healthy foods available to community health programs at wholesale prices. To create the inventory small farmers will receive up to ten-thousand dollars distributed by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture to grow fresh fruits and vegetables. Senator Sue Cline (R-Wyoming) is one of the bill’s sponsors. She said,”It’s really a start up for small businesses and for the farmers to be able to reach more people with good fresh produce.”
The bill is currently with the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee.