Join the OKT Hunger Walk Team!

HW-2015-Logo-300x293On Sunday, May 3, 2015, OKT will take part in the ACCESS of West Michigan 38th Annual Hunger Walk. You can join the OKT walking team here. Check-in’s at 2p.m. The walk starts at 2:30 p.m.  at Park Church, 10 East Park Place NE in downtown Grand Rapids. After winding through Heritage Hill, down Wealthy Street, through the East Hills neighborhood and along Cherry Street, walkers will return downtown.

This 5K walk raises awareness and funds in response to local and worldwide need. Funds are distributed for pantry assistance, emergency meals, urban gardening, farmers market initiatives for the income-challenged, seniors and international development. The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market receives funds from the walk.

This event brings more than 1,000 walkers and volunteers to the area. Anyone who wants to join the fight against hunger and poverty is welcome!

Find additional information, contact Jennifer at or 284-4703.

Wednesday! OKT Earth Day Spring Tree Tour

Wednesday April 22,
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Garfield Park Pavilion,
334 Burton St. SE

This free tree tour is part of the food justice mission of OKT.

Tree tour guide, Laura Casaletto will lead us through Garfield Park where we will munch leaves and nibble flowers together for Earth Day. The menu includes spruce tips, the nectar inside tulip tree flowers, black locust flowers, Japanese knotweed shoots, redbud blossoms and perhaps entire linden trees!  IN addition, Laura is bringing bringing ramps for everyone to eat and plant in their own yards as well as a surprise flower everyone can eat.
We’ll certainly find something nice underfoot to add to your Mother’s Day breakfast in bed–and you’ll get a little booklet to help you recall what you learned.
If it rains, we’ll meet under the pavilion anyway!

Garfield Park establishing a community food garden

Are you are interested in gardening and providing healthy food for your family?  Garfield Park Neighborhoods Association is working with several community partners to create a new community garden at 1714 Madison Ave SE. The garden’s 2015 growing season will run from mid-April through mid-October. Gardeners will have 4’ by 10’ plots.  Plot use fee is $35 (with a $10 refund at the end of the season).

GPNA is striving for an ecologically sound community garden. Therefore, they ask all garden members to use ecologically sound garden practices—and GPNA garden staff will be happy to provide any information needed to make that happen.

In addition, GPNA will offer educational opportunities including on-and off-site demonstration gardens. They may have seeds and starter plants available as well as community garden tools and garden supply storage on site, if desired.

For more information contact Fran Dalton at or   (616) 241-2443.

Women of Color Convening this Thursday

Lottie Spady & Lila Cabbil

Lottie Spady & Lila Cabbil

Celebrate Minority Health Month!
Women of Color Convening

6 – 8 p.m. Apr. 16
Brown Hutcherson Ministries
618 Jefferson SE 49503

Join OKT for a dialogue about “The Health Status of Grand Rapids Southeast Neighborhoods.”  Did you know that the African American women living in Grand Rapids southeast neighborhoods eat more fruits and vegetables than other women living in the rest of Kent County? Nutrition smarts is something take pride in … but how is our urban environment truly impacting our overall health? Let’s share information and stories that can help us discover how to create improved wellness  for our families and neighbors. OKT’s executive director, Lisa Oliver-King will facilitate the dialogue. Our cooking coaches will prepare and serve nutritious (delicious!) refreshments for this free event.