INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A new plan could help people find an easier route to the grocery store in what are known as the food deserts.
Food deserts are described as urban areas where it is difficult to purchase affordable or good quality fresh food. Most people are not far from a grocery store, but busy people who live more than a mile from a store find it a lot easier to buy unhealthy foods.
To promote a healthier lifestyle, the city is partnering with Lyft to give tickets to 500 families living 3 square miles east of Pendleton Pike and Interstate 465. The families on the northeast side could get $ 14 for an estimated $ 16 ride to choice of stores.
The project is scheduled to start in July. The city will be in touch with people who qualify for the vouchers.
Resident Courtney Corlew said, “I know there are many people who do not have access to grocery stores that are within walking distance. For families who may not have or have only one vehicle, this would be a great option. ”
“I’d say it’s pretty important,” said resident Dylan Kruger. “There are many people who cannot even leave their apartments or houses.”
If people don’t get the chance to download the Lyft app, the city plans to launch a mobile food too.
A total of US $ 65,000 from the state is funding the project.
“I’m fortunate enough not to need any help finding food,” said resident Morgan Anderson. “Especially fresh food. I can be near downtown. This is how I can understand the plight of someone desperate for these opportunities. So I would agree that it is a good use of taxpayer money. “
While much of the project is still in the works, some are wondering why the city isn’t getting bigger.
“Instead of relying on Lyft to have more buses or other public transportation that could benefit everyone,” said Carolyn Williamson. “Not just these 500 families.”
However, because of this partnership with Lyft, the project will be possible.
Indianapolis Office of Health and Public Safety Director Paul Babcock said, “This is an innovative avenue that not only allows government to help individuals, but relies to some extent on the private market and new programs like Lyft.”