COLUMBIA — Most government records are open to the public at no charge. These records give citizens the opportunity to find out what's going on, how their elected officials are spending tax dollars, how the various departments within a governmental entity work and other valuable information needed to make strong decisions for the future. Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public.
For a complete list of Show Me the Records, go to http://columbiamissourian.com/records.
The records: The U.S. Department of Agriculture maintains an interactive map for locating the nation’s food deserts.
Why you’d want them: You can type in your address to see if you live in one of Columbia’s three food deserts. The District and MU are food deserts, and 100 percent of low-income residents in these areas “don’t have ready access to affordable and nutritious food.”
Where you get the records: Go to ers.usda.gov and search for “food desert locator” to find the interactive map and learn more about food deserts.
How much does it cost: The information is free.