In this narrative originally published on WhyHunger.org, Shane Bernardo gives a personal perspective on food justice and his attempt to reclaim food traditions that reconnect him to his culture.
Millennials will make up 75% of the workforce in 2025. This article combines a two part story originally published by MSU Extension about how millennials will impact the food industry as food producers as well as consumers.
The YWCA of Kalamazoo’s Children’s Center began sourcing fresh, local produce for its young participants after receiving a MI Farm to School grant this past year.
A new website called Farmer to Farmer aims to help preserve Michigan farms and farmland, keeping it in the hands of farmers by connecting buyers and sellers.
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced the 2017-2018 school year grantees for the 10 Cents a Meal pilot program. Grants were awarded to school districts in 29 Michigan counties.
The Flint Fresh Mobile Market and its Veggie Box subscription program, two new, innovative food access initiatives in Flint, will have a permanent base of operations in the form of a 26,800 square foot building on Flint’s east side in the spring of 2018.
Food system infrastructure makes possible every step from growing food to selling and eating it, and it is a key priority area of Michigan Good Food Charter.
Double Up Food Bucks is growing in Michigan thanks to new federal, state, and philanthropic support. USDA awarded Fair Food Network a $3.5 million grant to expand and innovate the Double Up program in Michigan, Colorado and New York.
This August, the Lansing-based NorthWest Initiative (NWI) launched its new mobile farmer’s market program to bring the bounty of Michigan fruits and vegetables into food insecure communities and bridge the food access gap.
The Greater Lansing Food Bank Garden Project is dedicated to local efforts to develop a healthier food system. That means all community members have access to affordable and nutritious food that is produced locally using environmentally sound practices.
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.
A glance at opportunities to learn more about school gardening, including professional development workshops and educator certification centers throughout Michigan, surrounding states and elsewhere in the US.
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.
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.
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.
Many of us who live in middle or upper middle class neighborhoods don't realize that some neighborhoods live in an urban desert-no place to buy food for your family except potato chips and other unhealthy food you may find at a gas station.
Last May, michiganfood.org featured "10 Cents a Meal", a program that the state Legislature subsequently adopted as a pilot project. In March of this year, a report on the pilot was released to the Michigan Legislature.
Immigration is something that our food system in Michigan currently relies heavily on. The number of migrant workers employed in agriculture in Michigan is not well known, but it is thought that it is anywhere between 35,000-50,000 in a year.
Snapshots of Michigan's progress on all 25 priorities filled the 2016 Good Food Charter report card. We think it's so important to recognize these accomplishments that we've created this bite-sized look highlighting a few of the successes!