Access to good food can be challenging – nationally, statewide, and right where we live. And good food matters.
What is good food?
The Michigan Good Food Charter defines “good food” as food that is:
- Healthy – It provides nourishment and enables people to thrive
- Green – It was produced in a manner that is environmentally sustainable
- Fair – No one along the supply chain was exploited for its creation
- Affordable – All people have access to it
Is creating a good food system easy? No, it isn’t.
Food that is healthy, green, and fair isn’t as affordable as it needs to be. How do we know?
The 2015 Kent County Community Health Improvement Plan identified “Obesity and Poor Nutrition” as a high priority area for our county. “Obesity” was also identified as the single highest priority for Michigan health statewide in the Statewide Health Improvement Plan.
Obesity is a consequence of poor nutrition. Fresh produce is healthy and delicious. But sometimes it’s unaffordable. When families struggle to pay the bills, buying fresh produce isn’t an option. Even if it is better for you.
The charitable food system in Kent County relies upon food donations. Access of West Michigan coordinates and resources local food pantries where donations are distributed alongside intentional relief and development programs. Access’s Farm-to-Pantry program helped inspire us to develop our CSA share charitable food ministry.
For Kent County residents to get good food out of the charitable food system, good food has to get into that system. Our goal is to make that happen. But we can’t do it alone.
Even though healthy food often literally grows on trees, the human beings who bring it forth from the good earth have bills to pay too. Farmers can’t bear all the costs of donating food. Too often, we’re struggling ourselves. In order to ensure a consistent supply of fresh produce to charitable pantries, we need community partners.
That’s where you come in. Plainsong Farm will provide as many shares of our harvest to the charitable food system as donors support. Our “Sow it Forward” CSA share means farm members have the chance to give the same food away as they take home. Or you can simply make a donation of any amount to support our charitable food ministry. Churches can donate shares of the harvest for food pantries too.
We’ll take care of delivery for you, and we’ll invite you to the farm so you can see how your food donations grow and meet the people who grow good food for all. In 2017, our donated shares will be distributed through North Kent Community Services and North End Community Ministry.
As co-founder Mike Edwardson said when he was honored as a Champion of Change for our charitable food work with North Kent Community Services, “It’s the responsibility of all of us to work together for the common good.”
You donate money to our non-profit ministry; we donate good food. It’s that simple.
Join us in creating a healthier future for Kent County.
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Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan
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