If there’s not a good grocery store near you, or if you cannot get to the stores, you probably live in a “food desert.” A new state program is trying to set up an oasis or two.  The Illinois Fresh Food Fund will take $10 million from the capital program “Illinois Jobs Now!” to finance grocery stores in inner-city and rural areas, and to educate people about healthier menu planning.
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“It’s a good use of state money because it’s economic development,” says Trinita Logue, president of IFF, one of two organizations involved with the program. “It will spur other development, and it will create jobs. … But also, we all know the data around diet-related disease.”  Similar programs are going on in two other states: New York and Pennsylvania.
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