Oasis in the desert: Computer scientist and engineer aims to bring healthier food to people far from grocery stores

Ron Metoyer standing at his desk

Millions of Americans live in a food desert — an area with limited access to affordable, nutritious food. As a result, many of these Americans often end up with unhealthy and costly options for their meals.

Ron Metoyer, a Notre Dame computer scientist and engineer who specializes in data visualization and human-computer interaction, is aiming to solve this problem by creating a way for people to buy healthy food online and have it delivered to an accessible pickup location.

The research team is about nine months into a 3.5-year study to develop a computer app that will enable people in food deserts to go online to find healthy and affordable food, have it delivered to a hub location within walking distance, and suggest healthy meals that fit their budget.

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