Founded in 2016 by Sierra Nuckols, the Community Food Box Project seeks to provide food to those who cannot find it near their home. There are 50 food boxes around Indianapolis, Greencastle, Scottsburg, Austin, and Madison, IN. One box also resides at a school in Texas.
To temporarily provide immediate relief to a larger issue within urban communities: food insecurity. Community food boxes provides those in need with free food until the city and other stakeholders invest in the urgent needs of people living with food insecurity.
What is food insecurity?
The state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.
Below is a USDA map of the food deserts (an urban area in which it is difficult to buy affordable or good-quality fresh food) in the United States.
About the Founder
Founder Sierra Nuckols graduated from Hanover College in May of 2018 with a degree in Anthropology. Nuckols was inspired to create the Community Food Box Project after her involvement with the Desmond Tutu Center Youth Fellows Program. She saw a need for more access to food in the Indianapolis area and partnered up with NUVO newspaper to upcycle their newspaper boxes. The result was the Community Food Box Project.
Sierra is now the Farm and F.E.E.D. program manager at Flanner House Community Center, more information about Flanner House and their community outreach can be found at www.flannerhouse.org