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Public Health Looks to Improve County Food Security

Oxford County will have until the end of March to eat up $60,000 in provincial money. The funds have been awarded to Public Health to develop new Food Security strategies. That essentially means ensuring people have access to the healthy food they need. A consultant will be hired to interview stakeholders in all of Oxford's municipalities, according to Public Health Director Lynn Beath. "Each community will have a different need. And we're actually using funds to develop some new strategies of how to work closer with our area municipalities in addressing very important public health issues," said Beath. South-West Oxford Mayor David Mayberry says the majority of local resident do have access to food. He says it's the ones that lack transportation, or money that we should be concerned about. "We should actually be talking about food insecurity for the people who are struggling to get food into their system and whether that is because they live too far from the market, they can't afford it, whatever. There are a number of issues why people become food insecure," said Mayberry. The County will be hosting a series of town hall meetings to find out what barriers there are between local citizens and food.

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