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Youth Grow Indy providing summer jobs for teens, feeding community

Produce summer program
Posted at 5:54 PM, Jul 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-22 21:46:28-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A local organization is working to help families put fresh food on the table while giving teenagers a summer job. Youth Grow Indy helps provide produce for families who live in the area near Douglass Park.

Danielle Guerin started the program after seeing the impact a lack of fresh and healthy food can have on the community.

“There are a lot of diet related illnesses that are predominant in the black community like diabetes, heart disease… and when you are in a food desert you don't have access to this healthy food. We have our Safeway and then Save A Lot further down, but other than that there really isn't a food store in this neighborhood, so it's people causing people to have all these illnesses that can be prevented,” said Guerin.

The Program is run through her non-profit, Soul Food Project. They’ve been feeding 10 families in the neighborhood through a veggie box program. They sell the rest of the food at farmers markets.

You can learn more about Youth Grow Indy and Soul Food Project by clicking here.

We’ve previously reported on a lack of access to fresh food and what is being done to address it in that neighborhood. To learn more about that click here.

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