The Indy Food Council is a necessary piece of healthy food infrastructure that will allow Indianapolis to improve quality of life for all citizens.

Jeremy Efroymson


A food system with increased access to healthy foods for everyone is essential to developing a better community.

Nora Spitznogle, Program Director, Second Helpings


The Indy Food Council is well positioned to help increase the quality as well as quantity of fruits and vegetables available to our neighbors in need.

Dave Miner, President, Indy Hunger Network


Our Vision

We see the Indy Food Council as a way to connect people within the food system, to catalyze ideas, and to advance food-related initiatives, all to grow a sustainable food system that improves the health and quality of life for all.

Why We Need You

Currently, an organizing committee in the process of holding community meetings that will help us gauge our food system needs and define the goals for the Indy Food Council.

What’s Next

The council has officially formed and launched as of February 2014. We encourage everyone to become a member and help us collectively improve the food system for all Indianapolis residents. More info can be found in the membership tab.


Speaker Announced for Annual Celebration!

We are thrilled to announce our keynote speaker for the Annual Celebration,  Keep Growing Detroit’s Co-Director, Ashley Atkinson.  Ashley has an impressive background in food related work and we are happy to have her.  See her full bio below and be sure to join us on March 20th! Ashley Atkinson has worked in the field…

Join us for our Annual Celebration!

Please join the Indy Food Council at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 20 in celebrating another year of food system change in Indianapolis! The celebration will include a keynote speaker, an update on the Council’s work, and we will highlight some of the most inspiring work happening in Indianapolis with the first ever Food Awards.…

2015 Food Fund RFP Released.

The Indy Food Council is pleased to announce the third round of the Indy Food Fund.  The Indy Food Fund is a small grant and loan program designed to support catalytic food related projects in Marion County.  This year the fund will prioritize applicants who can show they are working towards one of more of…

A 2014 Food Fund Update

Are you wondering what our 2014 Food Fund grantees have been up to?  Good news for you, we just got in the mid-term reports and what a year it’s been so far!  The numbers don’t lie, check them out: Volunteers participating in garden type activities:  571 Distribution sites for locally grown produce (CSAs, Farm Stands,…

The Indy Food Council Kicks Off with a Bang.

Erin Drennan- The Indy Food Council started 2014 off in the Normandy Barn at the State Fairgrounds on February 1st.  The kick-off event began with an overview of the 2013 accomplishments which included many speakers.  The Indy Food Fellows program discussed their goals and what they had achieved over the past year as well as…

Healthy Food Resolution Passes!

February 24, 2014- We are pleased to announce that the Healthy Food Resolution passed in the February city-county council meeting.  The resolution, which comes at a time when 2/3 of Marion county adults and 40% of children are overweight or obese, promises to help support and promote a healthier Indianapolis.  Highlights of the resolution include: supporting…

2014 Food Fund and Fellow RFPs Announced

The Indy Food Council is now accepting proposals for both the 2014 Food Fund and Fellowship Programs.  In its initial year the food fund helped support nine different projects throughout the city and the Food Fellow program hosted eight students from four different Marion County Universities. If you are interested in applying for the 2014…

Health Food Resolution

Join Council Person Zach Adamson and the Indy Food Council at the February City Council meeting for the introduction of the Healthy Food Resolution. February 24, 2014, 7pm City-County Building 200 E Washington Street Second Floor A copy of the Healthy Food Resolution is available here.

Interested in food? The indy food council wants your opinion.

  Starting in September, the Indy Food Council will launch a series of community conversations in various locations throughout Indianapolis.  The conversations intend to engage people in their food system and gather interest around issues they might face in their neighborhoods.  It is crucial to the Indy Food Council, which is in its organizing phase,…

On the Road with Basic Roots

By Camille Sampson Even after years of neglect, the Willard Park neighborhood of southeast Indianapolis continues to show hope for improvement. Indeed, the large neighborhood, just south of Michigan Street between State and Jefferson, might have the potential to be the sustainable food capital of Indianapolis. Economic struggle reveals its toll on the community in…