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(INDIANAPOLIS) – A $100,000 grant fund will try to bring healthy food to Indianapolis food deserts.
An IUPUI study estimates one-fifth of Indianapolis residents live more than a mile from the nearest grocery store. The city created the grant fund last year to help businesses or nonprofits with ideas for filling the gap. The city will award at least 10 grants of up to $10,000 each.
It’s the second year for the grant program — last year, all 19 applications were approved.
Food policy director Milele Kennedy says the program is an acknowledgment that there are worthy ideas city officials may not have thought of themselves. She says one grant last year allowed a woman to buy vacant lots where she’d been growing vegetables and operating a U-Pick community garden. The grant allowed her to expand.
Applications are due in two weeks.