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We have some important news to share with you. Over the years, the Fresh Food Partnership has been a significant catalyst for change in our region. And we’re very proud of that. With your advice, encouragement, volunteerism, and financial donations, you have helped to provide healthful fresh food to thousands of people in need through the regional food pantry system while supporting local agriculture. In fact over the past 12 years, the Fresh Food Partnership has purchased more than 450,000 pounds of fresh produce for people in need while reinvesting over $300,000 into the local farming economy.
We have been honored to operate this ground-breaking program for the community. However, we have struggled over the last few years to raise enough money to support an efficient purchasing and distribution system. Simply put, the Fresh Food Partnership is no longer viable as an independent program. Therefore, the Fresh Food Partnership will cease operations at the close of this growing season. We will make our last farm purchases and fresh food deliveries by mid-October.
This is difficult news for all of us. And we are deeply grateful to everyone who has supported the program, our volunteers, the pantry workers, and all of the farmers. What a wonderful group of people we’ve had the privilege of working with!
We hope you share our pride in the services provided by the Fresh Food Partnership over all these years. In the beginning, this was the only program in Michigan that connected local food producers with people in need through the food pantry system. Of course, many things have changed since then. There are more farmers markets, more community supported agriculture (CSA) farms, and a much greater appreciation of locally grown fresh foods. Additionally, there are new and bigger programs in the area that deliver foods of all kinds to the pantry system.
Again, many thanks for this amazing opportunity to serve our community. We hope you will continue giving generously to local nonprofits and charities that invest in the people and farms of our region.
Joe VanderMeulen Karen Fulkerson
Executive Director Program Coordinator
LIAA Fresh Food Partnership
For more ways to support local fresh food from farm to pantry, please consider supporting these and other organizations
Farm to Freezer
This page last updated on 2/10/2014.