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We are happy to announce that the Community Food Club of Greater Grand Rapids has opened for a three-‐year pilot project for a limited group of member households who are served by the seven sponsoring partner agencies. The Food Club is a collaborative systemic response to hunger that seeks to be a model that will offer low and moderate income persons an opportunity to be engaged with improving their food security and dignity as well as their ability to make a range of choices for their own household. While membership in the Club is initially restricted to the collaborating agencies’ constituents, we invite the community’s interest, encouragement, volunteer and financial support for this effort.
We are equally pleased to announce that Holly Anderson has been hired as the Food Club’s Program Manager. Holly comes with extensive food system and non-‐profit organization experience, most recently as Development Coordinator at Kids Food Basket. She will supervise a small staff and the many volunteers that are essential to this effort. The partners in the Community Food Club collaborative are Westminster Presbyterian Church/Downtown Food Pantry; United Church Outreach Ministry (UCOM); The Salvation Army Social Services; Feeding America—West Michigan Food Bank; Habitat for Humanity of Kent County; Access of West Michigan; and, Home Repair Services, which serves as Fiduciary and Employer of Record for the L3C non-‐profit corporation that has been formed. The Food Club is located in a “re-‐purposed” store of Home Repair Services at 1100 South Division, Grand Rapids.
The Community Food Club offers an opportunity and a place for low and moderate income households to increase their food security and to improve their healthy eating by accessing nutritious food on a consistent basis. It is a place for persons to experience increased self-‐ reliance and respect. They will belong to this Food Club; they will choose whether and when to participate; and if they do, they will invest in it through a low monthly membership fee that will provide nearly a quarter of the Food Club’s annual operating budget. They will shop without additional cost, using points determined by their household size.
This will be a grocery store-‐style environment—open convenient hours, six days a week. It is a place where members will select their own food items; where there will be a wide selection of food; and, because of that volume and availability, they will be able to choose healthy food items like fruits and vegetables on a regular basis.
More than 30 foundations, organizations, businesses and individuals have pledged more than $930,000 and additional in-‐kind services to “re-‐purpose” and operate the space over the next three years, as an attractive and welcoming environment with plenty of healthy food choices. We all are committed to good stewardship of resources—including the building; the food items themselves; and, the time and energy of hundreds of shoppers and volunteers who will be involved.
The collaborative partners are trying to “think big” about how to address food insecurity. We hope that the Food Club will demonstrate a way to expand the capacity of the community food system as well as to promote self-‐reliance and respect for all low and moderate income households who choose to participate. We invite you to be part of this effort.
For program information and volunteer opportunities, please contact:
Holly Anderson (616) 288-‐5550; firstname.lastname@example.org
For media, please contact:
Rev. David Baak, Chairperson, Food Club Managers; (616) 717-‐5544; email@example.com