With the sudden closure of all Double 8 Food stores last week, we see a need for coordinated action and collaboration to tackle food access issues. The Double 8 closures negatively impact residents on the North, West, and East sides of Indianapolis. These closures caused many actions to be taken, at the neighborhood level and higher.

A variety of meetings have been taking place within communities around this issue.  This week there are a few meetings to be aware of:

 

Mapleton Fall Creek’s Food Co-Op Conversation.

What: The MFC neighborhood is convening those who are interested in developing a co-op grocery store in the Mid-North and surrounding areas.

When: Tuesday, July 28th. 6:30-8pm

Where: Tabernacle Presbyterian Church- 418 E. 34th St. 46205

Convener: Joyce Moore, Co-Director of Urban Patch

 

North West’s Quality of Life Food Access Taskforce Meeting

What: A monthly meeting of the Quality of Life Food Access group in the North West neighborhood.

When: Wednesday, July 29th. 4-5:30pm

Where: Flanner House Community Center. 2424 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. 46208

Convener: Food Access QOL Action Team, Carina McDowell

 

As a Council, it is crucial that we maintain constant and effective communication around food issues in our community. We feel it is our role to keep everyone up to date and informed of the work which is being done so we can move forward together and have lasting change in our city around the food issues we may face.

The Council is proud of our community for rallying around this issue and we hope to continue the conversation of long-term solutions that can be implemented. As a Council, we are continuing to prioritizing work by convening task force groups that are working together to move forward the following initiatives:

Now, more than ever, it is important to work collaboratively on the issues that face our community for solutions both now and in the future. We encourage you to communicate with us and are looking forward to helping facilitate this process. Please reach out if there is anything we can do to help support your work.

 

Read more media responses to the issue:

Indy Star: “Does Double 8 Closing Add to Food Desert Problem?”

WTHR: “Indianapolis Grocer Double 8 Foods Permanently Closes Stores.

WISH, TV:  “Double 8 Closures Shock Neighbors, Create Food Deserts.”

IBJ: “Double 8 Closes Four Remaining Grocery Stores.

Indianapolis Recorder: “Breaking: Double 8 Foods Closes Its Doors.

Fox 59: “Churches Offer Rides to Grocery Stores After Double 8 Foods Closure.

Follow the hashtag on Twitter, #indyneedsfood.


The Indy Food Council is a collaborative effort striving for collective food system change in Indy. We envision a food system that provides everyone access to healthy and nutritious food, enhances ecology, and creates meaningful economic and civic opportunities. We strive for this by connecting food system stakeholders, catalyzing ideas, and advancing initiatives that will grow a sustainable food system that improves the health and quality of life for all.

To learn more about The Indy Food Council, visit www.indyfoodcouncil.org. You can also follow Indy Food Council on Facebook  and Twitter.