INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) – The Anthem Foundation and Local Support Initiatives Corp. Indianapolis have made efforts to improve access to nutritious foods. The foundation is allocating nearly $ 2.5 million over the next three years to implement efforts to also build a fairer food system.
The organizations say the initiative will begin this year and will focus on improving fair access to food and food security in an Indianapolis community.
“Food insecurity is present in every neighborhood in our country, including our capital, Indianapolis,” said Dr. Shantanu Agrawal, Chief Health Officer of Anthem Inc. (NYSE: ANTM). “It takes courageous ideas and community collaboration to get the country out of this pressing problem.”
Marion County suffers 9% more food insecurity among children than neighboring Hamilton County, according to Anthem. The foundation says that inequality is compounded by access to nutritious food and is underpinned by racial, ethnic and economic differences.
“We are grateful for the Anthem Foundation’s commitment to improving food accessibility in Indianapolis’ neighborhoods by investing in this broad and collaborative initiative,” said Jessica Guilfoy, vice president of field excellence at LISC. “More than ever, we need solutions that not only have a direct impact on food insecurity and improve access to healthy food, but also support economic mobility, racial justice and the resilience of the population.”
The partners did not say which Indianapolis community would be affected by the initiative.