EVV Area Food Council 4.24.2019 community meeting notes

  • Welcome and Introductions
    • Todd Megar, Lollys Pops food truck
    • Julie McCullough, USI and Urban Seeds
    • Lori Noble, Lincoln School, EVSC
    • Helen Azarian, EVPL
    • Andrew Smith, Purdue Extension
    • Mike Rabuck, 4 Gardens Nursery
    • Va Cun, Southwest Indiana Yoga Project
    • Andrea Hays, Welborn Baptist Foundation
    • Mary Winstead, SouthWest Indiana Local Growers, Beautiful Edibles Farm
    • Serah Theuri, USI and Urban Seeds
    • Scott Massey, Heliponix
    • Lisa Myer, St. Vincent
    • Ashley Tenbarge, St. Vincent
    • Casey Williams, Purdue Extension and Urban Seeds
    • Robin Mallery, Urban Seeds
  • Update on Market on Main provided—Robin and Casey
    • A Market Manger has been hired
    • Urban Seeds will manage SNAP utilization at the market
    • Working on applying to accept WIC at the market
    • Senior Vouchers acceptance is being explored as well
    • Market details provided; date, time, logistics, etc
  • Website demo—Casey and Robin
    • Mapping demo’d 
      • Add “updated on” date
      • Updates noted to be done
        • Lincoln School. Verbiage: Currently enrolled students and their families
        • Independent food pantries allow increase visiting whereas United Way pantries allow once every 30 days; include in notes
        • Accepting vouchers at markets (add to spreadsheet, notes)
        • Community gardens, capture who has a stand
        • Christian Life Center, add
        • Street View and/or directions—link to mapping
    • Discussion Board demo’d
      • How to know of new topic/discussion? 
        • Alert on your phone or email with update, possible? 
        • US Newsletter 
        • Weekly post or email summarizing topics
      • 211 list as one of their community services
      • For consumer portal: Have 211 connect community re: food access
        • Lisa M has a Indy contact from 211 who will focus on SNAP recipients  
  • Interactive Questions – Casey via Purdue Extension
    • Two questions w/ new, fun interactive/”up-voted” responses
      • Who needs to be part of the Food Council that is not currently involved
      • What types of speakers/educational topics would be of interest to you?
    • Info will be shared w/ ranking of responses
  • Promise Zone – Julie
    • Detailed explanation of the data being collected and how it will be utilized to forward the PZ goals
      • Surveys
        • Collaboration regarding how and from whom data is being collected
        • How to make most effective use of the data collected 
      • Questions/Conversation
        • Why did the groceries close? Scott
        • Cut-Rate used to offer full-service, even extending credit, but was sold and now it’s tobacco and snacks. Lori
        • Grocery: basically sell marketing space not “product”. Todd
        • What were the specific responses to the surveys? Va
          • Julie will provide link to data
        • Larkins in the PZ. Robin
          • Will take SNAP
          • Track how many visitors even those who may not purchase. Va
        • Perhaps a redo of the 2015 study regarding viability of a downtown market/grocery could be presented. Robin, Scott
          • As downtown grows, City officials may find this appealing; Joshua Armstrong’s demographic data from EID and Downtown Alliance could support a study

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