a group of walkers for the St. Mark's Breakfast Cafe team, standing atop the steps of the church building.

Walk for Good Food 2021: St. Mark’s Breakfast Café

This post is part of a series of interviews of recipient agencies for the Access of West Michigan 2021 Walk for Good Food. This year, we have 13 in total, each with their own role in creating a thriving Good Food system in West Michigan. Read below to see why Good Food is important to their work, and check out our website at accessofwestmichigan.org/walk to learn more or to walk with us!

AWM: how would you describe your organization — what is your mission and what work do you do towards that mission?  

SMBC: We are an inclusive community of faith, reflecting Christ’s love, ministering to all who hunger in body, mind and spirit.  We serve a free, hot and protein enriched breakfast every Saturday of the year to the homeless and hungry in Grand Rapids.  We serve an average of 65 adults (attendance is down this year due to Covid-19 and not being able to serve indoors) outside each and every week.  This is approximately 5300 meals per year.

 

AWM: why is Good Food important to your organization? 

SMBC: Our goal of providing hot nutritional food, free of charge, each week is important.  We are committed to the long-term existence and success of our Breakfast Café. 

 

AWM: how does the Good Food Systems goal (of fair, healthy, green, and affordable food) impact the way that your organization sees its mission or does its work? 

SMBC: We are mindful of the Michigan Good Food goals and purchase all food items from Michigan retailers and producers.  We also address the goals of Healthy; Green; Fair; and Affordable.  We provide healthy nourishment each Saturday that is free to the hungry in downtown Grand Rapids; we offer green choices of fruits, vegetables, and protein, and all of our meals are fair and affordable. 

 

AWM: what would you like to see come out of this year’s Walk for Good Food? 

SMBC: More community awareness of hunger and more focus on long-term solutions to food scarcity and availability to all. 

 

AWM: is there anything else you would like us to know?

SMBC: Our weekly Breakfast Café is a blessing not only to those who are served, but those who serve as well!

you can find more information about the St. Mark’s Breakfast Cafe on their webpage at stmarksgr.org/breakfast-cafe

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