Northeast Corridor Selected for Equitable Food Access Initiative
Updated: Oct 29, 2021
6.29.2021 — Press Releases
LISC Indianapolis and Anthem Foundation announced Tuesday that the Northeast Corridor in Indianapolis was selected to be the focal point of a three-year, $2.45 million initiative to improve nutritious food access and help build a more equitable food system. United Northeast Community Development Corporation led the collaboration for the selected proposal. The Northeast Corridor geography is bordered by Fall Creek Parkway (West), Shadeland Avenue (East), East 46th Street (North), East 30th Street /Massachusetts / Sherman Drive (South) and includes zip codes 46205, 46218, 46226, and 46219.
The Equitable Food Access in Indianapolis Neighborhoods initiative, funded by the Anthem Foundation, is a community-based planning and implementation process that convenes residents, community leaders, subject matter experts and civic organizations to develop a vision of equitable food access that will be translated into achievable strategies. Eight Indianapolis communities submitted collaborative applications for review by an advisory committee facilitated by LISC in partnership with Anthem Foundation and the Indianapolis Division of Community Nutrition and Food Policy.
“The comprehensive and collaborative nature of the submitted proposals proves that Indianapolis neighborhoods are primed for investment when it comes to addressing food access. This initiative will directly impact food insecurity in the Northeast Corridor and not only improve healthy food access, but support economic mobility, racial equity and community resiliency. - Dr. David Hampton, Executive Director, LISC Indianapolis
A community-based planning and implementation process will now begin in this community that will convene residents, community leaders, subject matter experts and civic organizations to develop a vision of equitable food access, coupled with strategies for physical developments, programmatic partnerships and investment to achieve that vision. The neighborhoods will use a collaborative approach to determine which food projects will be supported, launched or expanded. Emphasis will be placed on ensuring all projects improve food access and economic mobility for the area, are community-led, and help build racial equity
“United Northeast Community Development Corporation is extremely thankful to serve as the convener for the LISC and Anthem Equitable Food Access Initiative within our incredible Northeast Indianapolis neighborhood - Ashley Gurvitz, Executive Director, United Northeast Community Development Corporation
Anthem is deeply focused on addressing food security and the inconsistent and insufficient access to nutritious food, along with other critical factors that influence the whole health of individuals, families and communities. By addressing these critical social drivers of health, Anthem is focused on the unmet needs which can have an adverse impact on health.
“Access to food is the most commonly reported unmet social need in the U.S., with 40 percent of households reporting moderate to high levels of food insecurity. The impact is felt in every community, and it’s worse in certain areas, with significant disparities often just a few miles apart. We are enthusiastic about this initiative because it’s an approach to a widespread problem, viewed at the most local level, where the residents of a neighborhood have a voice when it comes to developing and implementing real solutions. - Shantanu Agrawal, M.D., Chief Health Officer of Anthem, Inc.
This funding is an investment in a community-driven plan for one Indianapolis neighborhood; however, the initiative is built to be scaled to additional neighborhoods as additional capital is secured.
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Indianapolis is the local office of a national organization that helps resident-led, community-based development organizations transform distressed communities and neighborhoods into healthy ones — good places to live, do business, work, and raise families. By providing capital, technical expertise, training, and information, LISC supports the development of local leadership and the creation of affordable housing; commercial, industrial, and community facilities; businesses; and jobs. In short, we help neighbors build communities.
The Anthem Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc. and through charitable contributions and programs, the Foundation promotes the organization’s commitment to improving lives and communities. Through strategic partnerships and programs, the Foundation addresses the social drivers that will help create a healthier generation of Americans in communities that Anthem, Inc. and its affiliated health plans serve. The Foundation focuses its funding on critical initiatives that make up its Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets: maternal health, diabetes prevention, cancer prevention, heart health and healthy, active lifestyles, behavioral health efforts and programs that benefit people with disabilities. The Foundation also coordinates the company’s year-round Dollars for Dollars program which provides a 100 percent match of associates’ donations, as well as its Volunteer Time Off and Dollars for Doers community service programs.