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2.5K lbs of local produce donated in 2017

• Oct 23, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Ottawa Food, previously the Ottawa County Food Policy Council, announced the donation of more than 2,500 pounds of food through three programs in 2017.

2017 Grand Haven Farmers Market Gleaning Program

Diemer Farm & Greenhouse, Groundswell Community Farm, Ham Family Farm, Jobey’s Greenhouse, Krause Farms, Lakeside Orchards and Visser Farms participated in the 2017 Grand Haven Farmers Market Gleaning Program. More than 1,200 pounds of produce were donated to Love in Action of the Tri-Cities and Teen Challenge through the program this year.

2017 Farmers Market Donation Program

On select summer dates, shoppers at the Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Holland farmers markets were encouraged to purchase extra and donate it to local residents in need. More than 1,050 pounds of produce were donated to Four Pointes, The People Center, The Salvation Army of Holland and Community Action House. These programs will continue next market season.

Pick for Pantries Program

Ottawa Food collaborated with Visser Farms Strawberry Patch and Bowerman Blueberries to pilot the Pick for Pantries Program this year. On select dates during the growing season, community members could donate a portion of their pick to a local food pantry. Harvest Stand Ministries, The Salvation Army of Holland and Community Action House received 38 pounds of strawberries and 280 pounds of blueberries through the program.

“West Michigan is such a fruitful agricultural region that people often don’t realize hunger is a problem here,” said Lisa Uganski, coordinator of Ottawa Food. “These programs are a really great way to use our local produce to benefit people in need in Ottawa County.”

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