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, to involve communities.  “These community conversations will help the Indy Food Council build a common agenda concerning our Marion County food system and capitalize on community strengths in a true collective impact model,” states Mary McKee, Director of Public Health Practice at the Marion County Public Health Department and member of the Food Council’s organizing committee.

Chelsy Winters of Top 10 by 2025, which is an initiative that seeks to convene partners who are working together towards health improvement, see value for Indianapolis in the conversations: “In order to create a culture of health in Central Indiana, it is critical that community members are engaged in discussing and solving the health related issues that they face. It will take everyone: advocates, leaders, individual contributors and stakeholders to effect sustainable change in the way our community thinks about and approaches their health and wellbeing.”

The conversations will be an hour and a half in length and cover topics of health/nutrition, ecology, economy, and social justice as it relates to food as well as other topics/issues around food in neighborhoods.  All conversations are family friendly and will provide light, locally sourced refreshments.  The current schedule is as follows:

September

• Tues, Sept 10th – Westminster Neighborhood Ministries, 445 N State Ave.-5:30pm

• Sat, Sept 28th– KI Eco Center, 159 W. 28th St.- 11am

October

• Tues, Oct 8th– Unleavened Bread Café, 3001 Central Ave- 6:30pm

• Tues, Oct 15th– School # 63, 1163 N Belmont- 6pm

• Sat, Oct 26th– Garfield Park, 1434 Shelby St.- 10:30am

November

• Tues, Nov. 12th– Broad Ripple United Methodist (Evoke Arts and Media) 6185 Guilford Ave.- 6:30pm

• Sat, Nov. 23- Tindley Academy, 4010 N. Sherman Drive- Time TBD

 

For more information and updates on conversations, visit the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/IndyFoodCouncil or the website: www.indyfoodcouncil.org.

 

The community conversations complement the current efforts of the Indy Food Council’s breakout conversations.  So far, the council has hosted three successful breakout sessions on health/nutrition, ecology, and economy.  The last breakout session in the series will be on October 3rd at 12pm and take place downtown at the Platform (202 E. Market St) followed by a final culmination on November 14th.  The Indy Food Council will officially launch in January of 2014 with event details yet to be determined.  The launch event will wrap up the previous year and report on the findings and successes of both the breakout sessions and community conversations.  As with all Food Council events, it will be open to the public and all are welcome to join.

About Indy Food Council

The Indy Food Council is currently made up of a variety stake holders who are interested in improving the food systems in four areas: Health/Nutrition, Ecology, Economy, and Social Justice.  Currently they are in the organizing phase and will officially launch in January of 2014.

 

For more information about the Indy Food Council or the Community Conversations please contact: Whitney Fields (whitney.fields@pcusa.org), Elise Springuel (elise.springuel@pcusa.org), or Ilana Barach (ilana.barach@pcusa.org).