Amanda Boyle ’17

Project TitleFood Inequality in Delaware
Mentor – Paula White

Food deserts are described as both urban and rural areas characterized by low incomes and limited access to full service supermarkets or grocery stores. Limited access to full service supermarkets and grocery stores can impact residents lives in many ways. Health is one of the largest factors effected, most food deserts are so limiting in food selection that people cannot meet all their nutritional needs. Therefore, creating dietary issues that can lead to physical or mental health issues. This project draws attention to the growing issues of food deserts and food inequality in the city of Delaware, OH. The city of Delaware, Ohio is not classified as a food desert; however, there are many residents that are food insecure. Food insecurity is complex, meaning there is no certain single definition that characterizes people as food insecure. Food insecurity comes in many forms, some of which can include but are not limited to a lack of access to healthy foods, not being able to afford healthy food, not having the knowledge of what health foods you should eat and not being able to prepare(cook) healthy foods.  By researching the community and working with local non-profit organizations this study should address the issues surrounding food insecurity in Delaware, OH. The research and community work will allow the Ohio Wesleyan community to have a better understanding of its surrounding communities and be better equipped to help with this growing issue.