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.

Our Mission

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 last Tuesday 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 3:30 pm at the H.O. Steele Education Center.

2014 Meeting Dates! 

Meetings will be held at the H.O. Steele Educational Building on the last Tuesday of the Month at 3:30 pm!

February 25
March 25
April 29
May 27
June 24
July 29
August 26
September 30
October 28


Sub-Committee Meetings (scheduled as needed)
Garden and Food Pantry Committee- Please register your garden for 2014 at the Survey Link in the left column. Check out updates on our CFN Blog!

Awareness and Resource Committee- Currently updateing website for 2014 and setting committee goals.

Education Committee- Working to increase educational opportunites in the garden and the kitchen! 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 Montcalm-Ionia Counties, the Ionia County Intermediate School District, Montcalm Area Intermediate School District and various 4-H and after school programs.  

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!



The Growing Patch at the Ionia County Animal Shelter is hosting a Garden Meeting on March 8th at 10AM. Download the flyer.

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

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


Community Food Network Slideshow!

Pictures taken at various community gardens in Montcalm and Ionia Counties! To submit a photo or request permission to use a photo please contact the Community Food Network.




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