Living the Good Food Life
A spotlight on people working toward equity, sustainability and thriving economies in Michigan’s food system.
Are you an adventurous eater, looking to try new produce? Or maybe part of your New Year’s Resolution was to eat more vegetables? Do you dread fitting weekly grocery store trips into your busy schedule? Or perhaps you would like to know the people who grow food for you and your family? If you answered yes to any of these questions, consider joining a CSA!
The Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems and the Detroit Food Policy Council hosted noted civil rights activist Shirley Sherrod to share her story Jan. 25 in Detroit. Her story connected to the struggles marginalized still experience in Detroit – and across the country – with equal access to land.
Do you know an organization that would like to own and display the Michigan Good Food Summit mural? Keep reading to find out how you can nominate and vote for a business or organization to receive the mural!
Good Food in Action
Stories of progress and successes in Michigan.
Antonio Cosme and Akello Karamoko are two energetic and determined individuals who are passionate about improving their Michigan communities and supporting those who are historically underserved.
Michigan’s food retail industry contributed a net $15.4 billion to Michigan’s gross domestic product – 3% of the state’s GDP, according to a recent analysis by MSU Center for Regional Food Systems using State Treasury data.
Six Michigan local food councils will receive seed grants from the Michigan Local Food Council Network. These grants will help new and existing food councils and food policy councils build their capacity and accomplish their goals.
Michigan food system notes and happenings.
Six healthy food retail projects in Detroit, Jackson, Flint, and Grand Rapids will share $380,000 in Catalytic Investment Awards from the Michigan Good Food Fund, a statewide loan fund working to increase healthy food access and spark economic development in communities that need it most. The Fund was created in partnership by Capital Impact Partners, Fair Food Network, Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. These awards were designed to catalyze high-impact projects with the goal to grow their capacity to successfully secure financing within the next 12 months.
This Valentine’s Day, over 100,000 Michiganders will celebrate local agriculture by participating in the Michigan Cherry Slurp. This one-day event is an opportunity for Michigan institutions including schools, early childhood programs, hospitals, colleges and universities, organizations, businesses, and individuals to get creative and host an event centered around Michigan tart cherries.
Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan Announces $2 Million in Support for Regional Food System
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan this week announced it will award $2 million in grants to 20 programs designed to improve healthy food access for children and seniors in southeast Michigan. The grants are part of a 2-year regional initiative called Healthy Food Connect, funded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund and the Community Foundation.