Dr. Terri Jett
According to the USDA’s “Food Security Status of U.S. Households” in 2014, 48.1 million people live in food insecure households. In Indiana, more than 1 million people suffer from food insecurity with rates as high as 19.2% of Marion County’s population according to the Map the Meal Gap 2014 report. The Community Controlled Food Initiative (CCFI) is a local food cooperative operated by the Kheprw Institute and neighborhood residents in the Mid-North Indianapolis Community. The cooperative formed to address food insecurity in August 2015 in response to the closing on the local Double 8 Foods grocery stores. CCFI hosts a monthly food share distribution where residents buy into the program and receive a share of locally sourced fruits and vegetables. The cooperative model is a long tradition of people coming together to address a need in their community or society through a communal business structure. The community lived with food insecurity long before the closing of the grocery stores and decided to take action. This research is a case study using participatory observation testing CCFI’s cooperative model to Jessica Nemhard’s research in Collective Courage: An African American Cooperative History and through the three pillars of impact: addressing food insecurity, community and economic development, and climate change. CCFI’s work shows that food is not only a necessity for life, but also a catalyst for social change.
Barbour, Tabitha C.
"A Community's Collective Courage: A Local Food Cooperative's Impact on Food Insecurity, Community and Economic Development, and Local Food Systems,"
Butler Journal of Undergraduate Research: Vol. 4
, Article 2.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.butler.edu/bjur/vol4/iss1/2
USDA Food Access Research Atlas, portion of map with low income and low access of at ½ and 10 miles layer of Indianapolis.
TB-Fig2.docx (25 kB)
This chart shows the number of shares purchased by consumers and distributed by CCFI during their monthly food distribution.
TB-Fig.3.docx (25 kB)
CCFI Food Distribution Weight (lbs). This chart shows the pounds of food CCFI distributed in the community by pounds from June to February.