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The People's Food Summit

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. Mayor Hogsett has made it a point of his administration to seek solutions to reduce poverty and improve public safety, both of which can be hindered by limited access to an affordable, healthy diet. The goal of the Food Summit is to bring together the people of the City of Indianapolis and Marion County to develop a comprehensive strategy for addressing problems of limited food access.

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 county-wide 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 provided by the Indy Food Council.

The Food Summit’s afternoon session will include strategic planning preparation, led by Purdue Extension-Marion County. The session will allow community members to organize themselves, based on their personal interests in the food system, by defined strategic topics. Each strategic working group 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, the working groups will have scheduled the subsequent three months to formulate a document addressing their strategic topic. By the end of the year, all strategic documents will be compiled to create a county-wide, community-based strategy for food access. Location: Riverside Park, 2420 E. Riverside Drive, Indianapolis, Information: Event page.

Earlier Event: May 20
Indianapolis Bacon and Beer Classic
Later Event: June 10
First Annual Good Food Festival