About Lake County Eats Local

The Legacy Foundation, NWI Food Council, Purdue University Cooperative Extension, City of Gary Department of Environmental Affairs/Green Urbanism, and City of East Chicago are partnering to address high rates of food insecurity and limited fresh food access in the cities of East Chicago and Gary while also supporting local farm viability through their Lake County Eats Local program. This program is funded by the US Department of Agriculture Farmers Market Promotional Program.

The communities, designated as food deserts in Lake County, lack sufficient access to nutrient-dense fresh fruits and vegetables. The Lake County Eats Local program will establish farmers markets in the Gary and East Chicago neighborhoods and work to build market capacity in order to create permanent and sustainable food access for residents. Local farmers will be invited to sell their produce within Lake County and through smart innovative, collaborative programming, increase their revenue.


Our Team


Anne Massie

President of NWI Food Council
Anne Massie assists local farmers with distributions and sales, connects farmers with annual Farm to Table Festival, coordinates annual local food summit, coordinates several urban and rural farm tours for the public each year, and leads NWI Food Council programming and outreach.


Terri Saltzman

Community Wellness Coordinator, Purdue University Extension
Terri Saltzman has extensive experience in food system policy development, development of and facilitation of community collaborative projects, experience assessing community needs and the subsequent development and facilitation of targeted solutions to community challenges.


Brenda Scott-Henry

Director of the City of Gary Department of Environmental Affairs & Green Urbanism & Gary Food Council
Brenda Scott-Henry specializes in facilitating use of City of Gary property for farmers markets, communication to ensure plan and process aligns with City’s Local Foods Local Places goals and intent, and manages initiatives to create food district and urban agriculture networks.


Freida Graves

Program Coordinator
Freida has over 5 years of experience in urban farming and youth education. She has been a Gary resident for 58 year and in the nursing field for 25 years. Freida is a master gardener and the farm administrator at Faith Farms in Gary, Ind. She has a true heart for the community. Her responsibilities include setting up summer farmers markets and the year-round Market On-the-Go.