This year’s walk provided funding for the organizations listed below. Each of the organizations funded are a part of a collaborative movement to create a thriving food system for all people in our community.
The work of organizations funded by the Walk ranges from community gardening and nutrition programs, food pantries and meal programs, to food justice and community development initiatives. Each organization aligns with the belief that Good Food is defined as:
–Healthy (provides nourishment and enables people to thrive)
–Fair (no one along the production line was exploited during its creation)
–Affordable (All people have access to it)
–Green (produced in an environmentally sustainable manner)
Celebrating the activity of God in our midst, Access strengthens and develops wholistic solutions to poverty by cultivating equitable systems through education and collaboration.
Empowering youth to reach their full potential- through urban farming we are providing employment and empowering opportunities for youth, providing healthy food for our neighbors, and preparing a table where all are welcome to gather and form relationships with a nourishing meal.
The work of NEWC is to connect organizations and individuals to increase opportunities for healthy living and mental wellness throughout the Creston and Belknap Neighborhoods.
A grass-roots, nonprofit organization serving the communities of greater Grand Rapids, Our Kitchen Table (OKT) seeks to promote social justice and serve as a vehicle that empowers our neighbors so that they can improve their health and environment, and the health and environment of their children, through information, community organizing and advocacy.
United Church Outreach Ministry values individuals and builds community in southwestern Kent County by providing material and educational assistance to meet basic needs, improve quality of life, and promote self-sufficiency.