Good Food in Action

Stories of progress and successes in Michigan.

  • Greater Lansing Food Bank Garden Project Improves Food Access and Strengthens Communities


    The Greater Lansing Food Bank (GLFB) Garden Project is dedicated to local efforts to develop a healthier food system in surrounding counties. For the GLFB, a healthy food system means that all community members, including children and the elderly, have easy access to affordable and nutritious food that is produced locally using environmentally sound practices.

  • Children’s hands holding healthy snacks. Photo Credit: Andrea Collier

    FoodCorps Expands the Food World for Michigan Kids


    FoodCorps teams are hard at work in six Michigan schools, helping kids learn where their food comes from, how it’s grown and how to make healthy food choices. FoodCorps is an AmeriCorps service organization that connects kids to healthy food in school. 

  • Hoophouse. Photo credit MIFMA

    Hoophouses for Health Improves Food Access & Helps Michigan Farmers


    Hoophouses for Health is a program designed to increase vulnerable children and families’ access to good food while at the same time expanding the good food infrastructure and season extension capacity of Michigan farmers.

  • People shopping at a farmers market

    Innovative Farmers Market Programs Get Good Food to More Michiganders


    Michigan is the second most agriculturally diverse state in America and leads the nation in the production of several crops, including: tart cherries, blueberries, dry black beans, and squash.

  • Produce variety - photo credit: CRFS

    Food Access Opportunities within MI Food Retail Industry


    The food retail industry in Michigan is critical to improving food access for its residents. Residents who struggle with food access typically live in remote rural areas or poor urban neighborhoods where stores with healthy food options either do not exist or are too far away to conveniently access. 

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    Fair Food Pledge protects Michigan Farm Workers


    Agriculture is a key sector of Michigan’s economy. Nationally, Michigan is the second highest producing state of fresh produce in the U.S. Michigan farmers commonly hire migrant and seasonal laborers to harvest produce through a federal guest worker visa program.

  • Naturally Norm's Farm, a farm from which Bronson Healthcare sources shell eggs. Photo Credit: Amy Getman, Bronson Healthcare

    Cracking the Code Bronson Healthcare’s Journey to Local Eggs


    Since 2008, Grant Fletcher, the System Director of Healthy Living and Sustainability at Bronson has been changing the way the health system sources food for patients and employees at Bronson Healthcare. Fletcher, recently decided to take on a new challenge: sourcing all eggs from local producers. 

  • Network members in small group discussions at April 2017 meeting

    Seed Grants Now Available for Local Food Councils


    The Michigan Local Food Council Network (MLFCN) has announced a second round of its Seed Grant program. The Seed Grant program was developed for existing and developing Michigan local food councils, including food policy councils.

  • Michigan Good Food Fund Tops $10.5 Million Milestone In Statewide Good Food Investments


    Six food enterprises in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Southeast Michigan, and the Upper Peninsula received financing from the Michigan Good Food Fund, marking more than $10.5 million in investments since its launch two years ago.

  • Tomatoes growing in a hoophouse

    A Bite-sized Look at Progress on Farms and Farmers


    This is the second in a five-part series updating readers on progress made in the five priority areas of the Michigan Good Food Charter agenda. In March, we looked at progress on Good Food Access. With planting season underway and in anticipation of the upcoming bounty of Michigan produce, this week we’ll take a “bite-sized” look at the priority area of Farms and Farmers.

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