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CICF News / 2013 / February / News Post
February 21, 2013
Indy Food Fund Awards First-Ever Grantees

NapTown Chicken Coop
NapTown Chickens received an Indy Food Fund grant to support a school coop and curriculum development.
Growing Places at Chase Legacy Center
Middle school student will participate in urban farm education with the Indy Food Fund grant to Growing Places Indy and the Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center.
Fall Creek Gardens
Fall Creek Gardens will use Indy Food Fund support for both a stone soup garden and community kitchen.
A partnership between Meals on Wheels and Avec Moi will provide frozen meals with locally-sourced ingredients to seniors.

The Indy Food Fund announced yesterday its first-ever grant awards totaling $49,450 to eleven organizations undertaking transformative food projects across Marion County. Through these awards the Indy Food Fund hopes to support an Indianapolis food system that provides everyone access to healthy and nutritious food, enhances ecology, and creates meaningful economic and civic opportunities for its residents and neighborhoods. Critical in Indianapolis, where 30% of adults are obese, 36% of residents have low food access, unemployment remains high, and key environmental indicators rank low compared to peer cities, the Indy Food Fund supports projects that:

  • Improve access to healthy food for Indianapolis residents;
  • Spur economic development and create jobs through farmer’s markets, urban farms, farm-to-restaurant projects;
  • Create a sense of place, foster civic engagement, and beautify our neighborhoods;
  • Eradicate food deserts and increase food security by committing to ending hunger in our communities;
  • Increase the amount and demand for food grown locally
  • Create a sustainable metropolitan area, with residents linked to their local food system, thereby reducing Indianapolis’ carbon footprint and energy consumption.

The Indy Food Fund has committed to fund the following projects:

  • Chase Legacy Center/Growing Places Indy: Urban Farm Education for Middle-schoolers
  • Fall Creek Gardens: Stone Soup Garden and Community Kitchen
  • Farm Works Indy: Youth Farming Apprenticeship program
  • Felege Hiywot: Youth Summer Farming Internship program
  • Indy East Food Desert Coalition: Study to address food access in Northeast Indianapolis
  • Meals on Wheels and Avec Moi: Produce locally-sourced frozen meals for seniors
  • NapTown Chickens: School Coop and Curriculum project
  • Pleasant Run Grocer: Pro Forma and Business Plan Development
  • Willard Park/Global Peace Initiatives: Re-entry Farming Training and Food Delivery program

The following projects have been sponsored by other funders as a result of the Indy Food Fund process:

  • Farm City: Production of film documentary on Indy Food System
  • Latino Youth Collective: Gastronomy Indy, a multimedia recipe repository

An additional 21 applicants not receiving cash awards, are eligible to receive technical assistance in order to help with program planning, organizational development and participate in group activities that work to improve food access, equality, ecology, and economic development in Indianapolis.

Growing out of the Indy Food Fund process, a committee has formed to organize a food council for Indianapolis. The Indy Food Council will connect food system stakeholders, catalyze ideas, and advance initiatives to grow a sustainable food system that improves the health and quality of life for all Indianapolis residents. The Indy Food Council Organizing Committee invites all stakeholders interested in improving the Indianapolis Food System to attend the organizing meeting on April 25th, 5:00 pm at The Platform--202 E Market Street, Indianapolis. To get involved in the Indy Food Council organizing efforts, please contact Nic Mink (nmink@butler.edu).

About the 2013 Indy Food Fund Selection Committee
The 2013 Indy Food Fund Selection Committee is comprised of representatives from:

  • ASPIRE Indiana's Harvestland Farm
  • Butler University’s Center for Urban Ecology
  • City of Indianapolis-Office of Sustainability
  • Dig IN ~ A Taste of Indiana
  • Efroymson Family Fund
  • Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana
  • Green BEAN Delivery
  • Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County
  • Indiana Association for Community and Economic Development
  • Indiana Cooperative Development Center
  • IUPUI-SPEA
  • IU Health
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
  • Marion County Public Health Department
  • Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
  • Second Helpings

For more information on the Indy Food Fund, contact Tedd Grain (tgrain@lisc.org).

For 2013, the Indy Food Fund was generously supported by the City of Indianapolis-Office of Sustainability, Efroymson Family Fund, a CICF Fund, Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County, and Perry Griffith.

About the Indy Food Council Organizing Committee
Representatives of the following organizations are collaborating to organize the Indy Food Council:

  • Butler University’s Center for Urban Ecology
  • City of Indianapolis-Office of Sustainability
  • Growing Places Indy
  • Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County
  • Indiana Recycling Coalition
  • Indy Hunger Network
  • Indy Grown
  • IUPUI-Office of Neighborhood Partnerships
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
  • Marion County Public Health Department

For more information on the Indy Food Council Organizing Committee, contact Nic Mink (nmink@butler.edu).


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