Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and Dr. Lisa Harris, CEO at Eskenazi Health, announced that more locally sourced options will be available soon in Eskenazi Health’s food service areas, as a result of a new partnership formed with the state’s Indiana Grown initiative.
“It is more and more apparent that people want to know where their food comes from, and it’s inspiring to see a healthcare leader like Eskenazi Health team showing their commitment to serving locally sourced food from Indiana farms and suppliers,” Crouch said. “By starting this new alliance, Indiana Grown will now be able to work on having more options available at Eskenazi Health.”
As one of America’s largest essential health care systems, Eskenazi Health has provided high-quality, cost-effective, patient-centered health care to the residents of Marion County and Central Indiana for nearly 160 years. Currently, the hospital sources more than 80 percent of its proteins and 90 percent of its milk from Indiana farms.
According to Dr. Harris, nearly 40 percent of food dollars spent by Eskenazi Health go to Indiana businesses, which is a number she would like to see increased with the help of Indiana Grown.
“We actively promote the importance of healthful eating and always strive to provide good, healthful food to our community,” Dr. Harris said. “This partnership with Indiana Grown aligns perfectly with our efforts, and we’re looking forward to continuing having more locally sourced food available to our patients, visitors, and staff.”
Hoosiers can expect to see a variety of Indiana Grown products within Eskenazi Health, including Circle City Kombucha, Dewig Meats, Indiana Kitchen, JohnTom’s Barbeque, Miller’s Amish Poultry and Red Gold. Local favorites like Batch No. 2 and Brick House Bakery will also be available