February 29, 2024

Food hub aims to help Marion County residents better connect with food resources

City officials announce FRSH program.  - (Photo credit City of Indianapolis)

City officials announce FRSH program.

(Photo credit City of Indianapolis)

Up to 31 percent of Marion County residents needed food assistance in 2023, according to a study from Indy Hunger Network. A new resource hub aims to make it easier for people to access food assistance.

The Food Service Resource Hub - or FRSH - will offer both emergency food supplies and  connect people with longer term resources.

Indy Hunger Network will staff the hub with trained food resource navigators to help people apply for food assistance programs including SNAP and WIC. Navigators will also assist residents who need to access food pantries and other social services.

The effort is a collaboration between the Office of Public Health and Safety and the non-profit Indy Hunger Network. It is supported by $1.4 million dollars in American Rescue Plan Act funds.

Mayor Joe Hogsett said FRSH simplifies the process of finding healthy food.

“Whether you're coming here for groceries or for assistance in applying for benefits, a Food Resource Service Hub creates more pathways to a family's next nutritious meal,” Hogsett said.

FRSH is located at 32 East 32nd Street in the Mapleton-Fall Creek neighborhood. The hub is open for public walk-ins Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointments are available from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. and can be made at indyfoodresourcehub.org.

Contact WFYI health reporter Darian Benson at dbenson@wfyi.org.

 

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