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FOOD | COMIDA | RAWL 317

focus groups

Food|Comida|Rawl 317 will virtually gather affinity groups to learn more about the challenges, successes and connections between food system actors and businesses in Indianapolis. Focus groups will occur Tuesdays and Thursdays starting January 21st and will all be conducted online. To join the meeting, participants will need to register and complete the pre-meeting information form and have access to a computer, internet, and phone. Access with a mic and camera is ideal, as we will be working with small groups for some on-screen activities and brainstorming in zoom.

Below is a list of affinity groups and we hope you will find where you ‘fit in’ to these groups if you work in the Indianapolis food system as part of the marketplace (buying and selling of food) or as a support actor (nonprofit, public or private sector). We will gather some information before the meeting to help launch the conversation and begin our data collection process. All the information you share will be confidential. We will not share your contact information or connect you with the insight you provide into your food system experience.

The information we gather will inform a vision for the City of Indianapolis's food system.

Find the meeting where you would like to participate



Production of Food


  • Farmers (urban and other)supplying Indianapolis, small food businesses, and others producing food

Tuesday January 26, 2-3:30pm


Coordination of Food


  • SMALL DISTRIBUTORS (virtual markets, direct to consumer)

Tuesday Feb 2, 10-11:30am


  • LARGE DISTRIBUTORS, GROCERS, AND PROCESSORS (wholesale buyers, serving buyers beyond Indy)

Tuesday Feb 9, 2-3:30pm


  • PROCESSORS, AGGREGATORS, STORAGE, WASTE

Tuesday Feb 16, 10-11:30am


Markets and Buyers of Food


  • SMALL RETAIL BUSINESSES (Ethnic grocers, coops, smaller, locally owned grocers, corner stores, bodegas, others selling food)

Tuesday Jan 26, 10-11:30am


  • PRIVATE FOOD BUSINESSES (restaurants, clubs, ghost kitchens, meal delivery services, food trucks)

Thursday Jan 28, 2-3:30pm


  • INSTITUTIONAL FOOD SERVICES (schools, preK, universities, hospitals, correctional)

Tuesday Feb 2, 2-3:30pm


  • ALTERNATIVE MARKETS (farmers market, popup markets, buying clubs, others)

Tuesday Feb 16, 2-3:30pm


Food Communities


  • CITY-COUNTY ENGAGED GROUPS (Mayor's Neighborhood Advocates, city county staff, public health, others)

Tuesday Feb 9, 10-11:30am


  • EMERGENCY FOOD (providers, advocates, agencies)

Thursday Feb 18, 10-11:30am


  • CONSUMER ISSUES (access, affordability, equity, education)

Thursday Feb 11, 2-3:30pm


  • COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE (working with individuals, Lifestyle medicine)

 Thursday Feb 4, 2-3:30pm


  • OTHER COMMUNITY AND CONSUMER SERVICES (social programming, cross-organization work)

Thursday Feb 18, 2-3:30pm


Technical Service and Education

  • TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, EDUCATION AND CONSULTING (business, agriculture, community, health, consumers)

Thursday Feb 11, 10-11:30am


Cross-cutting Groups

  • FOCUS GROUP DISCUSSION FROM ANY CATEGORY WITH WOMEN AND MINORITY OWNED BUSINESSES

Thursday Jan 21, 10-11:30am


  • FOCUS GROUP DISCUSSION FROM ANY CATEGORY CONDUCTED IN SPANISH

Thursday Feb 4, 10-11:30am


  • FOCUS GROUP DISCUSSION FROM ANY CATEGORY CONDUCTED IN HAKHA CHIN

Thursday Jan 28, 10-11:30am


  • FOCUS GROUP MIXED SECTOR 1

Tuesday Jan 23, 10-11:30am


  • FOCUS GROUP MIXED SECTOR 2

Thursday Jan 25, 10-11:30am


  • FOCUS GROUP MIXED SECTOR 3

Tuesday March 2, 2-3:30pm




To register for a focus group meeting, or to contribute your thoughts on the Indy Food System, please visit the registration page and plan for about 10 minutes to complete the form. We will follow up with a calendar invitation and email with meeting login information on the day/time for your group.


REGISTER

If you have any questions, please contact Jodee Ellett, ellett@iu.edu, (812) 855-8119

pROJECT sCHEDULE


DEC 2020-FEB 2021


Round 1:  Data Collection: Learning from the consumers, organizations and businesses in the Indianapolis Community

MAR-APR 2021


Data analysis

MAY-JUL 2021 


Round 2:  Data Collection: Share findings from Round 1 and convene discussions on specific topics and collect feedback on website

AUG-OCT 2021


Draft Food Policy Plan Proposal for the City

NOV-DEC 2021


Complete Food Policy Plan Proposal