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Neighborhood Food Champions Program to Launch Saturday

Neighborhood Food Champions Program to Launch Saturday The Neighborhood Food Champions Program started last Saturday with a 12-week training for 10 people who were selected in December to learn about topics ranging from advocacy, food systems, community organizing, community garden planning, grant writing, and more! The program includes weekly two- hour workshops, a field trip to another city, and a small monetary award upon completion of the program to develop and implement a sustainable food project in their neighborhood.

2015 LISC Indianapolis Annual Report

2015 a momentous year for LISC In 2015 LISC Indianapolis invested more than $15 million into Indianapolis neighborhoods in grants, loans, and equity. This supported 30 different non-profits, assisted 2,905 families and 102 businesses, built 91 homes, and improved 437,000 square feet of commercial space. We also support programs that enabled 528 family members to obtain jobs, over 500 families to increase their income, and the creation of 83 new neighborhood jobs. Please click here to read the 2015 LISC Indianapolis Annual Report.

Farm 365 project adds 11 jobs

Farm 365 project adds 11 jobs Farm 365, located in the Englewood Village neighborhood, seeks to be a small part of the solution of the food desert problem on the Near East side. It is focused on year round production and year round employment. Growing fresh, flavorful produce, grown by and for the local community, as well as re-purposing buildings, adding value to urban neighborhoods and directly creating 11 jobs. LISC Indianapolis provided a $20,000 facade improvement grant for Farm 365 and a $99,750 project initiation loan to support this project.

Indy Food Council Awarded Funds

Indy Food Council Awarded Funds The Indy Food Council recently received funding from LISC National and County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The Indy Food Council will work collaboratively with the food access and education taskforce to develop pilot projects and bring affordable, fresh healthy foods to the Great Places 2020 neighborhoods.

Sustainable Local Food Indiana – growing

GREAT PLACES 2020: EAST WASHINGTON AND OXFORD Progress continues at Sustainable Local Food Indiana. The first growing unit is now producing basil and lettuce (watch time-lapse video here) and is being sold to Pogue’s Run Grocer’s Deli and Wildwood Market. Renovation work on the building is ongoing and more growing units will be added in the coming months. Also, Hoosier Popcorn was announced as a new building tenant.