The Anthem Foundation and LISC (Local Initiative Support Corporation) are offering grants to bring healthy food to those neighborhoods that don’t have those options and it’s a major effort. Moreover, neighborhoods will applying by submitting plans on how to tackle food insecurity. They will create community kitchens, support for farmers, and grocery or mobile markets.
Anthem, LISC – Residents and Community Stakeholders Work Together
“Supporting the process and development of this plan, we will provide data experts and food experts,” said Program Officer, Shelbi Cummings. “The idea is to help residents of Indianapolis, Indiana, put together a plan and community stakeholders. They, can in turn, plan how do they improve food access and food security. Moreover, address the entirety of the food ecosystem within their geography of choice.”
Cummings Explains Poverty Rate
In 23 out of the 36 Indianapolis ZIP Codes, She explained, are in fact experiencing poverty. This is, she is describing at a higher rate than the national average. “We need access to food and to healthy food,” said Councilor La Keisha Jackson, District 14.
Anthem and LISC: Disparities With the Lack of Food
The lack of food can create disparities, Jackson said. She is a catalyst and advocate for change. Moreover, because Jackson represents the Far East Side of Indianapolis. In fact, Jackson does play to apply for the Equitable Food Systems in Indianapolis Neighborhoods Grant. In what would be describing as life-altering, it’s a $2.45 million effort. “Therefore, we deserve those things,” Jackson has explained. “We really do need those things in our communities.” “
“One-fifth of the residents in Indianapolis live in a food desert. In fact, some of the communities that are in greatest need in 2019,” said Cummings.
The factor that will help decide which neighborhood will be selected for grant money. That is the initiative advisory. It is only one community that will be chosing for this first project. The food and program officers is what the advisory is making up of. There are also social determinant leaders who will evaluate the proposals. From there, identify what the promise is there to complete the project. Therefore, city officials will also help in the selection process.
Communities of Color
“Especially in our communities of color, we have seen some major barriers to access healthy food. This has been in our communities, ” said Milele Kennedy, the Director of Community Nutrition and Food Policy of the City of Indianapolis. Moreover, this is the first opportunity, we have had in the city to really, quickly elevate the community needs around Food.”
Equitable Food Access
Long term, the main hope for this program will help figure strategically out how to provide equitable access to communities. “It’s seriously well overdue,” added Jackson.
At this time, the grant is focused on one neighborhood for now, the plan is to expand it. Click here to learn and find out more about who is eligible and how to apply.