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Crawford County resident Martha Murphy (standing) talks about her county's discussions about food policy and the creation of a policy board during a special panel discussion at the Lyon County Extension last week. Crawford County resident Martha Murphy (standing) talks about her county's discussions about food policy and the creation of a policy board during a special panel discussion at the Lyon County Extension last week. Chuck Samples/KVOE News

Expect more local discussion about food policy in the coming months.

Healthier Lyon County recently held a food policy panel discussion with the goal of creating a board to increase access to food. This may sound like overkill, but it's anything but -- according to Healthier Lyon County spokesperson Teresa Briggs. She says research into a recent grant pointed that out.

The early focus is getting the topic in front of both city and county commissioners at a joint session, with further discussions to develop from there. Briggs says there could be an expansion of a farmers market system countywide, but she says a food policy board would also be needed to recommend changes that could improve access to food.

City Commissioner Becky Smith is looking at the topic from a city perspective -- but also as a Farmers Market organizer and as the owner of a winery. She calls food policy a quality of life issue, with the city possibly in a support role as this discussion continues.

County Commissioner Rollie Martin says Lyon County is determining how to proceed with a food policy board. He says food is not as readily available as some may think.

Last week's meeting featured presentations from representatives of Crawford, Franklin and Harvey counties about their experiences in setting up food policy boards. It was attended by representatives of Communities in Schools, Country Mart, ECKAN, Emporia Main Street, Emporia State University, Radius Brewing, the Rescue Mission, the Salvation Army and the United Way of the Flint Hills.

For more information, find Healthier Lyon County on Facebook.

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