Local organizations, restaurants fight crime through multiple solutions

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis organization says one of the solutions to slowing down crime is to give people the things they need, like shelter and food.

That’s why organizations like PACE and restaurants like Q’s Quisine are working to provide people with the resources they need, like healthy food options and advice.

Quinetta Jones opened her own restaurant, Qui’s Quisine, in February because, among other things, she saw a need for healthy eating in her community.

“I knew when I was looking for fresh fruit and veg, there was either a grocery store if there was one nearby, or there just wasn’t one,” Jones said.

Jones says her restaurant is in the middle of a food desert.

The Indianapolis Community Food Access Coalition calls Indianapolis one of the worst cities in America for food deserts. They say more than 208,000 Hoosiers live in a food desert.

According to PACE, it offers resources such as relapse prevention groups and counseling.

“We serve individuals who have been involved in some way with the justice system,” said Gina Fears, PACE’s assistant director of recovery and community services.

Located in the Martindale-Brightwood area, it has served the region for 15 years.

“Our problems are more human than a place in the city,” Fears concluded.

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