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Michigan's pantries and small farms sow seeds of health equity

Designed to help feed people in times of need, the community food pantry has instead contributed to illness. Now, some Michigan organizations are reworking the charitable food model to provide access to healthful farm-grown foods instead.

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Connecting customers with local farm fresh food is the job of the Michigan food hub

In Michigan, food hubs increase consumer access to fresh produce, and help farmers build a sustainable business model. While they all have similar goals, no two food hubs are alike. We found out why.


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Mobile markets deliver healthy food and build community

By rethinking typical ways of accessing food, communities are bridging the gap between the farm and the plate. Learn how mobile markets can positively impact health while building connections between neighbors.

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Food access surveys inform next steps in Battle Creek and across Michigan

Food access data gathered in three Michigan urban communities will help local food organizations increase fresh food availability through innovation.

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Produce with a purpose: Local CSAs target low-access communities and empower youth

The impact of CSAs can be seen at the national level, and Grand Rapids is no stranger to impact of these community endeavors. Local CSAs like Fresh Beets and New City Farms are being intentional when determining where to break ground and what communities to serve.
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