A new initiative addresses food access and works to build a more equitable food system for the city’s northeast side.
The United Northeast Community Development Corporation leads the project. Executive Director, Ashley Gurvitz, said food inequities exist in many forms.
“We think about our urban farms, and its ability to feel like what's grown in our backyard," Gurvitz said. "Is there adequate place where it can be sold on the shelves? Even the environmental justice side where we want to be able to grow additional foods, but the quality, due to past contaminants, has made it difficult.”
Gurvitz said community input is vital to the initiative’s success.
“It's our everyday residents here that know, what the struggles are, and what better way than to take a struggle and make a culture shift if the systems before didn't work,” Gurvitz said.
The three-year, $2.45 million initiative will fall within the areas of Fall Creek Parkway (west), Shadeland Avenue (East), East 46th Street (North) and East 30th Street/Massachusetts/Sherman Drive (south).
For more information, go to www.anuimpact.org