Meet Pogue's Run Grocer, one of this year's Nice Grant recipients! Located in Downtown Indianapolis at 2828 East 10th Street, Pogue's Run Grocer is far more than a locally run grocery store. In addition to providing affordable and socially/environmentally conscious food, this local grocer is part of the Indy Food Cooperative and serves the urban Indy community in a myriad of ways, through classes ranging from plant walks to bicycle maintenance to seed starting. Between our shared love for good, sustainable, and healthy food and their inspiring and laudable mission to "serve urban Indianapolis with a full-service natural products grocery store," we were more than happy to provide our support.
While we would probably get behind any of Pogue's many projects, this Nice Grant will be going to fund a series of classes aimed at helping SNAP recipients to find creative and healthy ways to make delicious meals without going over budget. The free classes will be focused around a cookbook, called "Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day" by Leanne Brown (available as a free PDF on Leanne Brown's website!), and all participants will receive a free copy of the book upon completion of the course. You can find out more about the classes on the Pogue's Run Grocer Blog.
I also talked to the organizer of the Good and Cheap project, Jeff Echols, to find out more. Here's what I learned!
Without giving away the whole class, what's one (or the most important) tip for eating well on a tight budget?
The most important tip for eating well on a tight budget is to understand that cooking with simple, natural ingredients is key and that it's not a hard skill to conquer.
What is your favorite dish to make from the Good and Cheap cookbook?
There's so much packed into the Good and Cheap book that it's hard to pick just one. Kale Salads are always popular. I'm partial to the Mushroom Caps Stuffed with Chickpeas and Spinach. The flavored popcorns are fun.
Do you have anything else you would like people to know about Pogue's or the Good and Cheap classes?
We've just celebrated our 1,000th Member. That's 1,000 people who have invested in our store, our mission and our neighborhood. That's a great number but we're still looking to add more. With the recent closing of Double 8 stores there has been an explosion in the discussion of our Food Desert problem. Pogue's Run and Indy Food Co-op has suddenly become the focus of many of those discussions. We're hoping that this will signal a surge in Members and investment so that we can continue to be a part of the Food Desert solution.