Local Initiatives Support Corp. Indianapolis and Anthem Foundation have selected the Northeast Corridor in Indy to be the focal point of a three-year, $2.5 million program to improve nutritious food access. The organizations say the effort will help build a more equitable food system.
The Equitable Food Access in Indianapolis Neighborhoods initiative is a community-based planning and implementation process “that convenes residents, community leaders, subject matter experts and civic organizations to develop a vision of equitable food access that will be translated into achievable strategies.”
“The comprehensive and collaborative nature of the submitted proposals proves that Indianapolis neighborhoods are primed for investment when it comes to addressing food access,” said Dr. David Hampton, executive director of LISC Indianapolis. “This initiative will directly impact food insecurity in the Northeast Corridor and not only improve healthy food access, but support economic mobility, racial equity and community resiliency.”
United Northeast Community Development Corp. led the collaboration for the selected proposal. Eight Indianapolis communities submitted collaborative applications for review.
“United Northeast Community Development Corporation is extremely thankful to serve as the convener for the LISC and Anthem Equitable Food Access Initiative within our incredible Northeast Indianapolis neighborhood,” said Ashley Gurvitz, executive director of United Northeast Community Development Corp. “This initiative will help increase food systems connectivity and build food sovereignty in this community for generations to come. While we are very fortunate to have been selected for this investment, it is our hope to remain collaborative and supportive of the ongoing projects throughout all Indianapolis neighborhoods.”
The organizations say the funding is an investment in a community-driven plan for one Indianapolis neighborhood, but the initiative is built to be scaled to other neighborhoods as additional capital is secured.