Five Awesome Food Organizations in Indiana
Launched by Food Tank and the James Beard Foundation, the first annual Good Food Org Guide identifies and celebrates more than five hundred U.S.-based groups including five from Indiana who are cultivating a better food system.
Feeding Indiana’s Hungry is a network of food banks and hunger relief groups that includes 11 member organizations. Their Million Meals program is partnering with Indiana Pork to provide 1 million meals of local pork each year to Indiana residents experiencing hunger.
Food Coalition of Central Indiana works to improve access to local, healthy food by uniting groups and individuals concerned with the regional food system. The grassroots organization put together the Indy Local Food Guide, which connects farmers to customers, restaurants, and vendors in Indianapolis.
The Local Growers Guild is a cooperative of farmers, sellers, and communities that strives to support local food economies through education, direct support, and marketing connections. Methods include small-scale farmer advocacy, an online buying club, exchange of information and expertise, and monthly potluck gatherings.
Second Helpings is an Indiana nonprofit that rescues would-be food waste from wholesalers, retailers, and restaurants and turns it into hot meals for people in need. They also offer a free culinary job training program for the underemployed or unemployed and serve 3,500 hot meals per day.
The Townsend Food Project in North Richmond, IN began in 2012 to support a just, local food system and improve health equality among area residents. They organize a weekly farmers market, hold cooking classes and community food celebrations, and involve area residents through internships and compiling the Townsend Neighborhood Cookbook.