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Staunton Food Policy Task Force: Make Fresh, Local Food More Accessible

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A group in Staunton wants to make fresh, local food available to everyone – not just those who can afford it.

Wednesday was the second of two meetings held by the Staunton Food Policy Task Force. It's hearing from the public about how the city, along with private businesses, can provide good, nutritious food to all of Staunton.

The task force's leader, Erik Curren, says they're looking at the obstacles people face.

"Some of the barriers are price. Some of the barriers are just availability," Curren said. "You know, you have to go certain places to get fresh, healthy food. You have to go to the farmers market or you have to go to farmers' farm stands, or you have to go to certain stores. But we'd like it to be widely available around Staunton, and then some of the barriers are just what people are used to."

Ideas include taking food stamps at the farmers market, edible landscaping and teaching people how to cook with fresh food.

Reported by Tara Todd.

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