Re-thinking Holiday Giving
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Re-thinking Holiday Giving

We are entering the holiday season and everything that comes with it- traditions, family gatherings, special worship services, and the biggest season of giving of the year.  Recently our Good Food Team partnered with the Congregation Connections Team to host a Lunch ‘n Learn, focusing in on Understanding Food Access and what that looks like…

Juneteenth 2021
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Juneteenth 2021

JUNETEENTH EVENTS, RESOURCES, AND CELEBRATIONS  This week we are celebrating Juneteenth, and Access will be taking a day off to commemorate this important historical day and holiday.  “Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major…

Thank you SpartanNash for being a Harvester Sponsors of the Walk for Good Food!
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Thank you SpartanNash for being a Harvester Sponsors of the Walk for Good Food!

We interviewed our Harvester and Grower sponsors to learn more about who they are and why they believe investing in a good food system is important. Thank you to all our sponsors of the Walk for Good Food for their investment in a good food system for all! Please describe your company/organization’s mission and role…

Thank you Andy J. Egan Company, Inc. for your Harvest Sponsorship of the Walk for Good Food!
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Thank you Andy J. Egan Company, Inc. for your Harvest Sponsorship of the Walk for Good Food!

We interviewed our Harvester and Grower sponsors to learn more about who they are and why the believe investing in a good food system is important. Thank you to all our sponsors of the Walk for Good Food for their investment in a good food system for all! Please describe your company/organization’s mission and role…

Reflection and Statement on Antiracism and Recent Events
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Reflection and Statement on Antiracism and Recent Events

“… being American is more than a pride we inherit, it’s the past we step into and how we repair it.” -Amanda Gorman, 2021 Inaugural Poet As we begin Black History Month, as well pass the one year mark since Access launched our current antiracism team, we wanted to pause and reflect on our commitment…

2021 MLK Day Resources

2021 MLK Day Celebration Resources Urban League’s MLK Virtual Celebration: Monday January 18, 2021 at 7:30 AM  https://www.grurbanleague.org/mlk2021 January Series Talk by Jimar Tisby on “What is the color of compromise?” Monday, January 18, 2021, 12:30 PM–1:30 PM   In celebration of MLK Day, we will be hearing from Jemar Tisby, author of the award-winning…

Black lives matter.
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Black lives matter.

Black lives matter. We believe this, we stand behind this statement, and we are committed to making it true at Access of West Michigan and throughout our community. We stand with the Black community in calling for needed change. We grieve the lives lost unjustly to police brutality throughout our history, most recently Ahmaud Arbery,…

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration
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The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration

Honoring Black History Series: As a part of our commitment to honor black history, Access team members will be sharing about businesses, books, literature, stories, podcasts, films, songs, or pieces of art created by black authors, leaders, entrepreneurs, and artists that have impacted us. Christina Swiney, Co-Executive Director shares reflections on The Warmth of Other…

Honoring Frederick Douglass

Honoring Frederick Douglass

Honoring Black History Series: This month as a part of our commitment to honor black history, Access team members will be sharing about businesses, books, literature, stories, podcasts, films, songs, or pieces of art created by black authors, leaders, entrepreneurs, and artists that have impacted us. Shared by Jameila Owens, Congregation Connections Team Member Frederick…

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

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…

Poverty Simulation asks: “what could we do differently?”

Reading a news article about someone living in poverty is one thing. Actually experiencing it is another. Thursday afternoon on February 9, Metro Health Hospital Services hosted a poverty simulation workshop with Access of West Michigan. The goal of the poverty education program is to create awareness of the realities of poverty and bring inspiration…