June 3, 10am-3pm
Riverside Park, 2420 E. Riverside Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46208
Sponsored by the City of Indianapolis, Indy Food Council, and Purdue Extension Marion County
Some people, especially those in low-income neighborhoods, may face greater barriers in accessing healthy and affordable food, which may negatively affect diet, health, and food security. By some measures, Indianapolis has ranked the worst in the nation for access to healthy and affordable food. The Food Summit will be an opportunity for Indianapolis to come together and develop a comprehensive strategy for addressing food access and security.
The Food Summit’s Morning Session will include an exploration of current and upcoming activities across Marion County that seek to improve food access. From Countywide activities like the communityINNOVATE Healthy Food Access Challenge to neighborhood community gardens, we will discuss the successes and challenges of these food access efforts. The Morning Session will be followed by a catered lunch.
The Food Summit’s Afternoon Session will be led by Purdue Extension’s George Okantey. The session will allow community members to organize themselves, based on their personal interests in the food system, by defined strategic topics. Each strategic topic team will develop a vision, mission, objectives, and strategies to create a positive impact on Marion County’s food system. At the end of the summit, we hope that we will have a concrete strategy for addressing food access that was created by the residents of Marion County for the residents of Marion County.
Stay tuned for additional details and registration.