What will it take to advance good food in Michigan? We want to hear from you!

We need your help to ensure the updated Michigan Good Food Charter provides a robust foundation for the road ahead.

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Initially published in 2010, the Michigan Good Food Charter presented a vision and goals for Michigan’s food and agriculture system to advance its contribution to the economy, protect natural resources, improve our residents’ health and help generations of Michigan youth to thrive.

Over the past decade, a vibrant ecosystem of partnerships and efforts to advance a good food system has emerged and grown. As we reflect on the original goals and priorities, which were established looking forward to 2020, we know there is still so much more to accomplish moving into the next decade and beyond.

We are in the process of updating the Charter and need your help to gather feedback on the proposed updates.

This working draft was developed in collaboration with representatives from over 30 organizations across Michigan whose reach includes local, regional, statewide and national work in farm and food business, health, community development, education, food justice, policy, funding, and more.

Now, we need your help to ensure the updated Charter provides a robust foundation for the road ahead!

We are asking for feedback from folks around the state to help shape and guide the Charter’s vision and priorities. We are hoping to learn more about what you think of the draft overall as well as any specific feedback you have on the vision, description of good food, and our priority areas.

Take our survey

The survey will be open through the end of May.

In fall 2020, we will present a summary version of the 2020 Michigan Good Food Charter that is informed by your feedback.

In the meantime, if you would like to stay engaged, here are some great ways to do so:

  • Share the Charter Draft Two-Pager and Charter Feedback Survey Link with your networks.
  • Visit our website to learn all about Michigan good food initiatives and to sign up for email updates on the Charter and related activities.
  • Save the date: On November 16, 2020, the Michigan Good Food Summit will take place in East Lansing, MI. This is a biannual gathering to celebrate, activate, learn and connect around good food initiatives throughout Michigan. Learn more about the summit.
  • Find your local food policy council or food and health organization: Michigan is home to around 30 food councils and numerous statewide health and food system organizations. These organizations work to improve many aspects of health, economy, and community well-being. You can learn more about the work they do and connect with them with the help of this directory: bit.ly/find-mifoodcouncil

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