The County Wide Food Campaign is a food initiative that takes place throughout the month of October. There are lots of ways to get involved. Check out our County Wide Food Campaign events below.
From growing to sharing, faith communities are called to care for creation and understand our connection to food and food systems through a theological framework. This interactive conversation will explore the human relationship to food as God intended it to be.
Supermarket Sweeps is a fun-spirited competition created to donate high quality SpartanNash food to the Access Pantry Network. SpartanNash opens a Family Fare location just for our teams to compete in getting the most food items into their shopping cart in just 3 minutes. It’s a mad dash around the store with some good-natured competition, all for a great cause. The winning team receives a trophy and the best reward of all – getting to see all the food they collected donated to the Access Pantry Network.
OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
Host a food drive to collect healthy food at your congregation, office, or with friends and family. Or, get creative and give fresh produce by donating a CSA share to a local pantry from a local West Michigan Growers Group farm, picking apples from an orchard to donate, or donating your lawn garden vegetables. All Access Pantry Resource Centers accept fresh food donations.
Watch for updated information about our five pop-up farmers markets happening at 5 local food pantries.
SpartanNash Food Collection
Volunteers will be stationed at Kent County Family Fare and D&W stores to encourage donations of healthy food items from customers. Volunteer with us or shop at your local SpartanNash store to support this collection.
Fulton Street Farmers Market Food Collection
Volunteers will be stationed at the Fulton Street Farmers Market to encourage donations of fresh, healthy food items from customers. Volunteer with us or shop at the Fulton Street Farmers Market to support this collection.
Local First’s Fork Fest
Stop by the Access information table at Local First’s Fork Fest to learn about supporting local chartable food efforts by donating a Commercially Supported Agriculture farm share. Innovative ways to support both our local food system and our food insecure neighbors will be highlighted. You must register for this event in advance.
Grand Valley State University Walk
Wesley Walks to Replenish is raising awareness of food insecurity and poverty and raising funds for Replenish, GVSU’s campus food pantry. Join this inaugural walk to show your support.