How every Michigan food pantry can partner with local farmers

Christina Barkel, the food equity specialist for Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities recently wrote an op-ed piece for “I’m thinking of a day a few years back when I witnessed something that was plain on the surface, but which was actually evidence of a micro-revolution in food access and it happened in a Traverse City parking lot. It represents a revolution that provides far healthier foods for food pantry and meal site clients, while providing economic support for farm families and communities. And what I saw that day was a change that can benefit farmers and families all across… Read More »

Honor Thy Neighbor Campaign Raises $13,000

Honor Bank’s Honor Thy Neighbor Campaign Raises $13,000 Traverse City, MI, October 26, 2022 – Honor Bank and its clients are making a positive impact on northern Michigan’s food insecurity challenges with the 2022 Honor Thy Neighbor campaign, which raised $8,000 and Honor Bank contributed an additional $5,000 for a total contribution of $13,000. Proceeds from the campaign will benefit the Northwest Michigan Food Coalition’s Farm2 Neighbor program, along with the Bear Lake and Buckley food pantries. “The Northwest Food Coalition is excited to be chosen by Honor Bank as the recipient of their campaign. The Coalition proudly focuses on… Read More »

Food Coalition & F2N In the news

The mission of the Northwest Food Coalition is to empower member food programs by coordinating and creating resources to achieve regional food security. The Farm2Neighbor program purchases fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers and distributes them to hungry neighbors through local pantries and meal sites. Both are in the news. When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in the U.S., the staff at Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities in Northwest Michigan met to brainstorm about what they could do in response. Read more at: Community Organizations Across America Join Forces With Farmers to Save Crops, Feed Neighbors in Need The Farm… Read More »

Empty Bowls 2023

Click Here to view our 2023 Empty Bowls Sponsors Empty Bowls is back! The much-loved Empty Bowls event will take place on April 30, 2023, to raise money and awareness for the issue of food insecurity in northwest Michigan.   When: Sunday, April 30, 2023 Where: Howe Arena in Traverse City MI Directions Times: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Empty Bowls is a fundraiser that supports food security in Northwest Michigan. Proceeds will be used to purchase healthy produce and protein from local farms for distribution to the Northwest Food Coalition’s 75+ food pantry and emergency meal sites. Event attendees… Read More »

Session 1 – Who in Our Community is Facing Food Insecurity?

December 8, 2020 | 10:00-11:30 am EST
This first session seeks to refresh the lens at which we look at food insecurity and hunger. Watch this session to hear panelists and neighbors share their experiences of food security.

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Session 2 – What are the Sources of Food Assistance?

January 12, 2021 | 10:00-11:30 am EST
The second session takes a look at both government and non-profit food assistance programs through the lenses of those operating the programs. Learn about the challenges these public and private programs have encountered during the pandemic and local responses to the increased community needs. This session includes representatives from government programs, food pantries, school nutrition programs, community meal sites, and organizations related to food assistance programs.

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Session 3 – How do we Make Decisions to Address Community and Individual needs?

January 26, 2021 | 10:00-11:30 am EST
The third session focuses on how decisions are made to address the needs of those experiencing food insecurity, and who is making those decisions. The session includes a reflection in the way decisions have been made in the past, and opportunities for understanding needs and root causes and making meaningful and high impact decisions together in the future.

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Session 4 – How Do People in Need Get Access to Healthy Food?

February 9, 2021 | 10:00-11:30 am EST
The fourth session focuses on how and where people in need get access to ‘healthy’ food. This session explores why ‘healthy’ food matters, and how people facing food insecurity know what type of ‘healthy’ food assistance is available. This session also explores how access to ‘healthy’ food has changed during COVID. Speakers and panelists share perspectives and insights regarding what works well about the way people learn about and get access to enough food that is ‘healthy’, what are the barriers to getting enough ‘healthy’ food, and potential solutions to address obstacles.

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Session 5 – What Values Drive Our Solutions?

February 23, 2021 | 10:00-11:30 am EST

The fifth session explores defining what values drive community solutions surrounding food insecurity by engaging with government, nonprofit, and private food assistance providers and the persons they serve. Values impact our individual and collection motivations, and define our beliefs and behaviors. Our values drive our personal choices and also impact the way we communicate and design and implement policies, programs, and services. Speakers and panelists share values through the lenses of the organizations and communities they represent.

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Session 6 – What’s Next? Chartering a Path Forward for Food Security for Our Community

March 9, 2021 | 10:00-11:30 am EST
This session explores opportunities for next steps toward becoming a more food secure region. This session summarizes the resources, strengths, challenges, and proposed solutions shared in the first five sessions. Participants weigh in and share reflections and help prioritize ideas for action, including short and long-term solutions to address food insecurity and related issues such as housing, child care, health care, and transportation.

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