Food Comida Rawl 317 will assemble a shared vision for nourishing and sustaining our Indianapolis food communities. This project is a connector and a way for everyone to understand the diversity of eaters, and experiences in Indianapolis. Using social science based data collection and analysis, Food 317 will be a hub of information gathering, sharing and engagement for individuals and organizations in our food system. 

The City of Indianapolis has a vision for an inclusive, sustainable food system where more people have access to the healthy food they need to live, work and play to their full potential; where less people are food insecure and able to purchase food they need for their family; and where food businesses can launch and thrive and find the customers and markets essential for success. 

Food 317 is the project that will assemble that vision based on the lived experiences, stories and data gathered from our communities and organizations who serve. It will have a legacy of connecting people from the public, private and nonprofit sectors in a meaningful dialogue for change and sustainability. 

Core Organizing Committee

Milele Kennedy, City of Indianapolis

Shellye Suttles, Indiana University

Angela Babb, Indiana University

Jodee Ellett, Indiana University

June Guo, Indiana University

Elissa Booras, Indiana University

Brian Healey, Indiana University

Marie O'Neill, Indiana University

Stephanie Fernhaber, Butler University

Terri Wada, CollaboCreative

Niki Gracia, CollaboCreative

Jessica Bentley, CollaboCreative

Community Advisory Committee

Jordan Hall, Bon Appetit, Butler University

Tyler Herald, US Foods

Kate Howe, Indy Hunger Network

Sharrona Moore, Indiana Black Farmers Cooperative, Lawrence Community Gardens

Jordan Rodriguez, City of Indianapolis

Lisa Schneekloth, CICOA, Aging and In-home Services

Ryan Thomas, Market Wagon

Tikilia Tinker-Martin, City of Indianapolis

Ashlee Weaver, Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center

Candace Wylie, FoodLoveTog


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