The exciting news is that there are a lot of conversations and initiatives being spurred within various Indianapolis neighborhoods! Mayor Hogsett has even created a new position to directly focus on the issue of food policy. Using a human-centered approach, our goal is to bring together these existing conversations and leverage a diverse set of voices to gain a shared understanding of the problem of food accessibility and co-create innovate solutions.
Our goal is to nurture solutions that are:
1. Impactful. We want to improve access to healthy and affordable food.
2. Human centered. To ensure that the solutions are impactful, they must be co-created with Indianapolis residents most affected by food access issues.
3. Innovative.Food accessibility is a complex issue. We recognize the need for new and innovative solutions that might tackle the problem from a different point of view.
4. Scalable. Although we will zero in on specific areas as part of our community listening efforts, our focus is on finding scalable (or replicable) solutions that pertain to any or all of those areas within Indianapolis identified as food deserts.
5. Sustainable. In order to exist for the long term, solutions must be sustainable. Thus, we will examine ways in which either new or existing organizations can take on these solutions with an entrepreneurial mindset.