INDIANAPOLIS (September 14, 2018) – IndyGo, in partnership with Growing Places Indy and supported by Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from the City of Indianapolis, has completed its second week of a pilot project selling fresh and affordable produce at the Julia M. Carson Transit Center.
The pilot project, “Food in Transit”, aims to expand access to food for Indianapolis residents by bringing affordable produce to the Transit Center during peak ridership hours. Food in Transit features fresh food for sale Fridays from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM during September and October, and is anticipated to reopen in spring 2019. In its first week, the project registered nearly 50 people, selling vegetables such as tomatoes, eggplant, herbs, and a variety of greens. Produce available will vary week to week based on season. Cash, credit, and EBT are all accepted.
“Transit is about access to a full and healthy life, and fresh, affordable food is essential,” says IndyGo president and CEO, Mike Terry. “We are excited to bring affordable, healthy food to the single highest concentration of ridership in the IndyGo network.”
The Transit Center accommodates 25 of 31 IndyGo routes, with thousands of riders passing through the site each day.
“Growing Places Indy is proud to partner in this project to provide access to the fresh, affordable, food that we grow less than 2-miles from the Transit Center,” says Linda Cook, Executive Director of Growing Places Indy.
Food in Transit is open to all. Participants must complete a quick registration at or before first purchase.