July 24, 2018

Farm to Fork For Indy Kids Initiative Takes Off

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett speaks with Felege Hiywot Center volunteers at the garden. - Robert Moscato-Goodpaster/WFYI

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett speaks with Felege Hiywot Center volunteers at the garden.

Robert Moscato-Goodpaster/WFYI

Indy Parks will partner with a food service company and a nonprofit farm to provide packaged meals with locally grown produce to children in Summer Servings and After School Meals programs.

The Farm to Fork for Indy Kids initiative will give Indianapolis children the opportunity to plant and grow the food at the Felege Hiywot Center. Mayor Joe Hogsett says healthy food doesn’t just feed a child’s stomach.

“While our young urban farmers are learning agricultural service and leadership skills, the fruits of their labor will go to feed their neighbors struggling with food insecurity," Hogsett says.

Intern Michael Williams says the program helps him support his community.

“This program allows me and teaches me ways to provide for communities through agriculture sustainability and also helps me teach others to provide for themselves," Williams says.

The third partner, food service company Chef for Hire, Inc., will package and help distribute the food to the Indy Parks food program serving sites.

The last day of this year's Summer Servings program is Aug. 3. The After School Meals program starts Aug. 6.

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