Working together to address food deserts in Indianapolis

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., (March 24, 2016) - Wiping food deserts away for good is the goal of city leaders and nonprofits are working towards. and this week they've made strides to make that come true.

Congressman Andre Carson introduced a bill called the Food Deserts Act this week.

The bill creates a revolving loan fund in each state to fund grocery stores in food deserts.

The loan would even be available to small businesses and non-profits that offer fresh food and sample items at below market prices.

Meantime, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett—announced the goal to create a full time position to specifically tackle food insecurity and metro police are hoping community policing efforts in food desert area will help identify the problems sooner and reduce crime.

Working together to address the issue is the best solution to eliminating the problem.

“We’ll be working with community partners like feeding Indiana’s hungry to find new ways to promote food access in struggling communities,” said Representative Carson.

The closure of 4 Double 8 grocery stores last summer affected thousands of people in a very short period of time.

Carson hopes the bill will pass through the house and senate quickly.

 

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