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Bradley students hungry to solve local food insecurity problems

PEORIA, Ill. - A group of Bradley students is hungry to solve the food insecurity problem in the tri-county area.

They created a mapping system, "Map the Gap", to connect those living below the poverty line, or in food deserts, with resources.

With the recent closing of 2 Kroger stores in Peoria, it is harder for some Peoria residents to find fresh food.

The map not only lists locations of food pantries, but information that people might be afraid to ask such as hours of service and requirements to use the services of the food bank or pantry.

The students behind this say it started as a class project, but quickly became much more.

"This has helped so many other people. It's so much more widely accessible, so we're happy to do something that doesn't just have the lasting length of one semester's project, but can continue to help people in this community for years to come." Map the Gap Campaign Director, Kirstin Klima, says.

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