focus groups


virtual and in-person meetings September 2021

Food|Comida|Rawl 317 virtually gathered affinity groups earlier this year to learn more about the challenges, successes and connections between food system actors and businesses in Indianapolis. We had more than 213 responses from 116 businesses and organizations answer our pre-meeting survey.

Affinity groups included representatives from organizations, businesses and public offices from food system sectors: food production, coordination, markets, buyers, community, technical service and cross-sector groups. Eighteen (18) meetings with 88 participants from 59 entities engaged in discussions together. 

Now we are ready to bring the information we collected from the focus groups in addition to the household feedback from more than 800 Indianapolis residents and the results from an on-the-ground assessment of the retail grocery environment, to share what we learned. Join us for our second round of sharing and listening sessions in September 2021.

Save the date!

  • In-person meeting, registration required
  • Riverside Park Family Center Auditorium; 1720 Burdsal Parkway; Indianapolis, IN 46208

Wednesday September 15, 2021, 9:30-11 am


  • Virtual meeting, via zoom, registration required

Wednesday September 22, 2021, 12-1:30 pm


Saturday September 25, 2021

  • Advisory Committee Meeting (non-public facing)

Friday September 10, 2021, 3-4 pm

If you have any questions, please contact Jodee Smith,


DEC 2020-FEB 2021

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

MAR-APR 2021

Data analysis

SEP 2021 

Round 2:  Data Collection: Share findings from Round 1 and convene discussions 

OCT 2021

Draft Food Policy Plan Proposal for the City

NOV-DEC 2021

Complete Food Policy Plan Proposal