Getting the food to the people is still a problem in too much of Illinois, according to Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, who says not enough people live near a full-service grocery store or other place with fresh healthy food. The problem is called “food insecurity.” “One of the things we are looking at,” she said, “particularly for small-town grocery stores, when there is a change in ownership, how can communities make sure that the grocery store keeps going. It's a challenge.”
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Simon says Illinois farmers' markets are making progress at getting technology to accept the Link card – which holds food-stamp benefits – at more locations.