Beginning in late 2009, three organizations - the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, the Food Bank Council of Michigan, and the Michigan Food Policy Council - came together to coordinate the process of developing specific goals for Michigan’s food system that promote equity, sustainability and a thriving economy across the state. Five work groups formed to identify priorities in different arenas of the food systems, and these groups presented initial recommendations at a statewide summit, held at the Lansing Center on February 25, 2010.

Feedback was gathered through the summit and comments solicited in the months that followed, and all of the efforts of the work groups and the input gathered from people across the state culminated in the release of the Michigan Good Food Charter in June 2010.