October 2, 2014
A plan to give low-income Nebraskans better access to healthy food is the focus of a bill coming before the state Agriculture Committee.
Omaha Sen. Brenda Council's bill to expand access to nutritious foods is up for debate on Tuesday.
Council says the Nebraska Healthy Food Financing Act is needed to lower health care costs, create jobs, revitalize distressed communities and open new markets for the state's farmers and ranchers.
The bill would set aside $300,000 in state funding each year to offer grants and loans to individuals and businesses that want to build, renovate or expand grocery stores in areas considered to be "food deserts."
The measure also seeks to establish farmers' markets, food consumer cooperatives and community gardening projects.