Access’ Food Justice Training unites community toward common goal

Jeff Smith presented on various topics of Food Justice at a training hosted by Access of West Michigan/Ellie Walburg. Cultivating solutions to food insecurity is far from a single-organization job. It requires a community of activists for the good food system. On Tuesday, April 11, Access of West Michigan hosted the Food Justice Training event to […]

More than taste: the definition of “Good Food”

What makes food “good”? It may be taste. If you have a sweet tooth, maybe you’d consider a decadent layered chocolate cake with fluffy whipped frosting “good”. Or for the savory side, a bowl of soup that has a harmony of seasonings and flavors singing out. That sounds good. Or based on presentation. They say […]

40th Hunger Walk isn’t this participant’s first time around the block

Mort Zukerman is one of the many participants in Access of West Michigan’s 40th Annual Hunger Walk. Although, this isn’t his first time. Or second. Zukerman has been walking with and recruiting for the Hunger Walk for 37 years! Since the 1980s, Zukerman, 68, has been participating and encouraging others to raise awareness of food […]

Face the Facts: Senior Poverty

Myth: Social security takes care of the senior population Fact: 9 percent of seniors live below the poverty line. Ask an average person to describe someone in poverty, many faces may arise: a young child, a single working mom with a house full of kids, or an unemployed 20-year-old high school dropout. But does an […]

Face the Facts: Housing

Myth: A house is all about the aesthetics. Truth: Where you live is an indicator of health. Turn on the TV station HGTV and you’ll get many ideas of what paint colors go together, how to furnish a living room and what color backsplash to add to your new granite counter tops. Or just add […]

Face the Facts: SNAP Benefits

Myth: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has become inefficient and is too often abused. Truth:  SNAP provides 1 out of 7 Americans with a healthy and sustainable food source. For many families living in poverty, putting food on the table is often a difficult struggle. Even if they are working, their wages may not […]

Face the Facts: Food Insecurity

Myth: People can find healthy foods anywhere they live Fact: 30 million Americans lack access to a supermarket within one mile of their home For millions of Americans, biting into a sweet, tasty carrot is not possible every day. Licking the fresh watermelon juice from your chin is only a special treat. In an abundance […]

Poverty Simulation Staffers make the workshops happen

Our staffers are important here at Access of West Michigan. In preparation for an upcoming Poverty Simulation, volunteer staffers Mary, Cindy, Tom and Rhoeda are busy at work compiling participant packets and organizing materials. The Poverty Simulation is just one of many programs at Access of West Michigan to create solutions to poverty through education […]