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Produce kiosk at Dayton Children's addressing food deserts and homelessness

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Families making a trip to Dayton Children's Hospital are now getting a fresh take on their health.

Wednesday, the hospital hosted a ribbon cutting to unveil a produce kiosk offering locally grown fruits and vegetables. 

The stand is a partnership between Dayton Children's, Homefull and Hall Hunger Initiative.

"About a third of our children here in Dayton and Montgomery County are malnourished, so this is addressing a need that's got to be addressed," said Tony Hall, former Congressman, U.S. ambassador and the founder of Hall Hunger Initiative.

In an effort to address both nutrition and food deserts, the kiosk offers affordable produce options from local growers.

"What better way to say to families that the food that we eat is fundamental to our good health," said Deborah Feldman, president and CEO at Dayton Children's Hospital.

Fruits and vegetables are grown at Homefull's urban farm or by local suppliers. Customers can pay for the produce with cash, card or use government assistance such as food stamps and SNAP.

Homefull CEO Tina Patterson explained the purchases also help support the non-profit's housing and work training programs.

"When you think about what you're eating here and what you're buying here, you're actually supporting jobs for people who are living in poverty and you're providing food for people living in poverty," Patterson said.

The kiosk is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays.


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