King Commons: Neighborhood Food Champions - Near Northwest

Neighborhood Food Champions support local food solutions driven by residents. Five residents have started the 10-week program with projects ranging from expanding community garden spaces to a bike food delivery program. Neighborhood Food Champions is a project that was first funded through the Indy Food Council and developed by the Centers of Wellness for Urban Women (CWUW), Indianapolis Urban League, and Community Health Network. CWUW has partnered with area organizations like the Marion County Public Health Department, Indiana Minority Health Coalition (IMHC) and Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center (INRC) to provide education on various topics such as: understanding the Indianapolis food system, advocacy and policy, developing community partnerships and community building, procurement, grant writing, evaluating success, and more. In October, with the assistance of Tony Gillespie of IMHC, the food champions will organize a townhall meeting at Flanner House on local food solutions. This is an opportunity for residents to share, ask questions, and learn about food access and security for the Near Northwest.

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