Monday, January 30, 2012

Student economic research featured in local news

Research conducted by a group of economics students at Randolph College continues to gather more attention.

On Sunday, The News & Advance published an article about the impending closure of a Food Lion in the Rivermont area of Lynchburg. The article emphasizes that losing the store could add to the city's "Food Deserts," and it cites Randolph students' research into the topic.

The students surveyed the food options and prices at several stores in downtown Lynchburg. Their research shed light on the food desert downtown, where many low-income residents lack access to healthy, affordable foods. It helped inform Lynchburg City Council about how the local community market, which was targeted in budget cut talks, helps provide nutrition in the downtown area.