Welcome to the
Community Food Network
The Community Food Network is a member of the Michigan Food Councils working with Community Gardens and Food Pantries in Montcalm & Ionia Counties. Our partners include the MSU Extension, Master Gardeners, United Way & Volunteer Connections, Ionia County Health Dept.and the Mid-Michigan District Health Dept. The planning committee is formed with representatives from each community partner, community garden and many local food pantries. Anyone who wants to help with community gardens or distributing food to those in need are welcome to join.
The Community Food Network will facilitate and support community-grown food sources and related distribution systems in order to increase access to locally grown, fresh produce and promote it's use through educational opportunities within the community.
CFN Planning Committee .
The Community Food Network is a Planning Group designed to support Community Gardens and Food Distribution Resources. Representatives from several local organizations meet on the first Monday of each month to assist with garden coordination, distribution needs, resource development, marketing, volunteer recruitment, and educational planning. This group is open to anyone who is interested in helping with meetings taking place at 1:30pm at the following locations.
2013 Meeting Dates!
Meetings will be held at the H.O. Steele Educational Building on the first Monday of the Month from 1:30 to 3 pm!
Volunteers and Special Projects Committee- Harvest Celebration on October 26th and a County-wide Food Drive in November.
Education Committee- This Committee will hold a working lunch beginning at 12:00pm on the 1st Monday of the Month before the CFN Planning Meeting. Bring your own lunch and join us! Contact Tamice Gates for more information.
Community Gardens are maintained by volunteers and produce is donated to local families in need.
Volunteers from local service groups help out each garden including MSU-E Master Gardeners, the United Way & Volunteer Connections and the Ionia Kids Club.
More volunteers are always needed and always welcomed at special events and work days. Work days will be scheduled soon, please check the calendar link for specific days or contact the garden coordinator for the garden that you would like to volunteer at!
Volunteers can join a committee to help with planning gardens, fundraising, marketing, distribution, educational classes or volunteer events.
Helping to Feed Local Families in Need
Fresh fruits and vegetables grown in local community gardens are distributed to families in need through local food pantries, soup kitchens, and other distribution resources. Volunteers pick up produce from the gardens, sort and package the produce into family size portions and deliver it to food pantries. Food pantries then distribute the available produce to clients who need help. Other distribution resources include the Food Truck run by Feeding America and local Soup Kitchens.
The 2013 Produce Donation ...4,700 lbs and counting!
(Gardens are still turning in their donations amounts!)
YOU ALL MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO OUR COMMUNITY!
As the Community Food Network celebrates 5 years of community involvement, we want to say THANK YOU to each and every one of our volunteers! Please join us for the Harvest Celebration and mingle with other VOLUNTEERS who are having an impact in our community!
This facility is located right on North 66 (which has several names depending on what town you are in!) north of M-44 (road to Belding) and south of M-57 (Greenville-Carson City) Google Maps
Learn more about Volunteer Needs, In-Kind Needs, and Special Events for the Community Food Network at Volunteer Connections **NEW** Get Connected - Volunteer Management Website! Community Food Network
Learn more about the County-wide Food Drive at http://ioniahost.com/fooddrive.html
What Is Plant a Row for the Hungry?
Launched in 1995 by the Garden Writers Association (GWA), Plant A Row for the Hungry is a people-helping-people program that encourages gardeners to grow a little extra and donate the produce to local soup kitchens and food pantries serving the homeless and hungry in their local communities.
The Need Is Great
Over 36 million Americans live in households that experience hunger or the risk of hunger daily.
Almost 14 million people facing hunger each day are children.
1-in-8 Americans face hunger daily.
How can YOU make a difference locally?
Use the Community Food Network Map to find a food pantry or community garden near you!
Contact the Community Food Network to register your "Row" as a local partner!
Print out this Donation Card to send with your produce to a local food pantry to assist us in tracking donations.
Community Food Network Slideshow