Double 8 Closures Worsen Food Access Needs in Indianapolis
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.
- On Friday, the day of Double 8’s announcement, the City convened a meeting of food and community leaders of how to respond to this issue. Leaders worked to resolve the immediate needs of community members which might be caused by these closures and worked with the MESH Coalition to issue a press release Friday evening. A fact sheet was accompanied by this press release, and included available resources for each area affected and a number to the 211 call center. The fact sheet can be downloaded, here.
- On Saturday, Flanner House Community Center convened a meeting of Northwest community members on the closure. Their community was most directly affected by the closing of the 2907 N Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street location. Councilman Vop Osili convened this meeting to address how community leaders in the area can respond to immediate needs of those who might be affected. A variety of community leaders discussed solutions and many church leaders stepped in to spread information about the closure as well as offer transportation to those who might need it.
- On Sunday, a meeting was convened by N.E.A.R. at the John H. Boner Center on the Eastside. Mayoral candidate Joe Hogsett was interested in the news around the recent closures and wanted to learn more about the issue of food access in our community. Members of the Eastside community came together to inform the candidate about the issues and discussed possible solutions.
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:
- Improve access to healthy and local food.
- Expand the market for local food, both supply and demand.
- Increase the availability and effectiveness of community-based programming to improve healthy eating habits.
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:
Indianapolis Recorder: “Breaking: Double 8 Foods Closes Its Doors.”
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.