INDIANAPOLIS (May 24, 2021) —Food in Transit, a farm stand presented by Growing Places Indy and IndyGo, returns for its fourth year on Wednesday, June 2. The stand will run every Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. from June through September 1, 2021.
The Food in Transit program provides fresh, affordable, and locally-grown produce, provided by Growing Places Indy, to current and future transit riders. “The health and wellness of our community is a major priority, and our team is proud to provide $15,000 in CDBG funds for Food In Transit. This collaborative program with IndyGo and Growing Places Indy is directly in alignment with the Hogsett Administration’s plan to address food issues in Indianapolis,” said Scarlett Martin, director of the Department of Metropolitan Development. The farmstand is made possible by the City of Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development’s Community Block Development Grant (CDBG) funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“Growing Places Indy is beyond thrilled to be a part of this project for the fourth year in a row,” said Victoria Beaty, Executive Director of Growing Places Indy. “After the past year and the additional toll the pandemic has taken on access to fresh food, it is increasingly important to provide our local community with fresh produce. The Food in Transit program makes shopping local convenient and affordable.”
Food in Transit is available every Wednesday beginning June 2 through September 1 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Julia M. Carson Transit Center. In the event of inclement weather, the farm stand will be held inside the Carson Transit Center, with the capacity limited to promote social distancing. Use the online trip planner at indygo.net to plan your trip to the Julia M. Carson Transit Center.
The farm stand will provide a wide variety of fresh, local vegetables each week, with affordably priced bundles of $5 or $10. The vegetables will be pre-bundled and wrapped for safety and convenience. Cash, SNAP, EBT, credit, and debit are all accepted forms of payment, and Growing Places Indy offers a 50% discount on orders up to $10 for SNAP recipients.
“We’re excited to provide affordable, locally grown produce at the Carson Transit Center through this partnership,” says Lesley Gordon, IndyGo Vice President of Public Affairs and Partnerships. “We are grateful to the City of Indianapolis and Growing Places Indy for partnering with us and making this project possible.”
IndyGo, the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation, provides public transit service throughout Marion County. IndyGo is implementing the Marion County Transit Plan, which will bring a 70% increase in IndyGo services and build a strong network of frequent service. Improvements in the plan include shorter wait times, longer service hours, easier transfers, and rapid transit lines along high ridership corridors. Visit our website, follow @IndyGoBus on Twitter, or call 317.635.3344 for more information.
About City of Indianapolis, Department of Metropolitan Development (DMD)
DMD’s Community Investments team administers grants made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Housing Trust Fund to low-to-moderate income neighborhoods in Indianapolis. These grants help to preserve and develop affordable housing, attract economic development opportunities, and support human services initiatives that serve low-to-moderate income populations. Visit www.indy.gov/activity/community-development-grants for more information.
About Growing Places Indy
Growing Places Indy is a nonprofit organization empowering individuals to cultivate personal, family, and community wellness through urban agriculture since 2009. Today, the organization operates four urban farms across Indianapolis, equaling nearly two acres and two greenhouses in year-round production. Growing Places Indy continues to improve access to fresh local food and mind-body education in Indianapolis through programs, such as Plant it Forward, Grow Getters, Young Grow Getters, CSA, and hosting the Indy Winter Farmers Market, to create a healthy and thriving community. For more information about Growing Places Indy, please visit www.growingplacesindy.org, or visit them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Vice President of Communications and Marketing, IndyGo
317-559-4952 | Lesley.Gordon@indygo.net
Director of Communications, Growing Places Indy
267-670-2757 | email@example.com
Chief Communications Officer, City of Indianapolis – Department of Metropolitan Development
317-327-5155 | Andrea.Watts@Indy.Gov