Indy Food Charter

Indianapolis Food Charter

Let’s face it–everybody eats! Every person ought to have access to grow, buy and eat healthy and fresh food. The Indianapolis Food Charter was created to inspire conversation and decision-making among policy makers, planners, communities, and residents.

The charter’s goals are to create a community in which we:

• Are conscious consumers of nutritious food;
• Have access to a diverse range of healthy, affordable food;
• Have the opportunity, means, and skills to grow and prepare healthy foods; and
• Understand the role of food in building community, strengthening the economy, and valuing the environment.

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A Food Charter for the City of Indianapolis as adopted by the Indy Food Council:

  • Whereas the city of Indianapolis supports “the fundamental right of everyone to be free from hunger,” and envisions our community one day free from hunger; and
  • Whereas food is central to the economy of Indianapolis, and the commitment to food security can strengthen the food sector’s growth and development; and
  • Whereas our globalized food economy affords us great variety, it also fosters food insecurity for both our Indianapolis citizens and impoverished communities around the world; and
  • Whereas our local food producers can provide an ample variety while fostering food security; and
  • Whereas over one quarter of Indianapolis households have a yearly income of less than $25,000; and
  • Whereas citizens in our society who are denied quality food are denied the ability to participate fully in society.

Now, therefore, be it resolved by the community of the city of Indianapolis, that to promote food security, we will encourage and facilitate:

1. practical nutrition education programs that promote healthy eating, food shopping, budgeting, gardening and cooking skills, thus enhancing our community’s knowledge of purchasing, handling, preparing, consuming and storing of naturally nutritious, affordable and safe local food;

2. local purchasing among major employers, our city institutions and community organizations in order to provide an affordable range of healthy local food choices within their facilities;

3. conditions that ensure that each child of our community has access to nutritious food that enables effective learning and lifelong health;

4. access to programs by seniors that support health and independence;

5. the preservation of our local agricultural resources and a reliable, economical, clean water source;

6. the creation of infrastructure to support income generating ventures in urban gardening and farming and large-scale local food sourcing, including distribution facilities, agricultural supply centers, and preparation and storage facilities;

7. municipal policies that promote responsible re-use of the city’s waste and water as well as a sustainable local economy, generating adequate incomes for all;

8. the role of community farmers markets and urban gardens in increasing access to local, fresh fruits and vegetables in neighborhoods, thus increasing food security citywide;

9. the healthy practice of breastfeeding;

10. events which emphasize the city’s distinctive multi-cultural food customs and bring together rural and urban people.