Screen your home for health hazards before school starts!

Every family in Kent County deserves to grow up in safe healthy homes. But too many families are living in homes where they are at risk of health hazards, due to lead poisoning, asthma triggers, or preventable accidents.

As you prepare your kids to go back to school this fall, you will want to get your home ready too. Contact the Healthy Homes team at (616) 500-0488 or sign up tinyurl.com/NidoEnroll for a free home screening.

Most lead poisoning in Kent County results from lead paint hazards, so preventing lead poisoning requires removing those risks. In 1978, lead paint was banned in new homes, but the homeowners of these older houses were never informed or given the resources to correct the problem.

Asthma is incurable, but it can be controlled. Get your home screened for asthma triggers to improve your indoor air quality and reduce the chances of asthma attacks in your home. Protect your family from the risks of asthma by signing up for a home screening.

Grand Rapids has an aging housing stock that remains unregulated due to structural discrimination. Healthy Homes wants to advocate for you and your family.

Healthy Homes works with families to identify potential home environmental hazards and address them through education, navigation services, and advocacy.

Feed the Block community mobile food distribution on August 26

Samika Douglas, a resident of the community, in partnership with LINC UP, will host Feed the Block, a community mobile food distribution event on August 26, 2022. Families will be provided with food, PPE, and other vital resources that they haven’t had access to because of the challenges created by COVID-19. The food and resources will be able distributed in a drive-thru/contactless pick up. Feed The Block will be a fun and uplifting event that will gather between 150-300 community members to build relationships in the southeast neighborhoods of Grand Rapids and connect neighbors to the many resources available tothem. Some of the resources that will be available are connected to housing security, mental and physical health, and COVID-19 education and awareness. Spanish flyer below.

This month’s market dates:  August 6 and 20

The Southeast Area Farmers Market is off to a great start. New for 2022! Hot food and coffee vendors, fresh produce from the South East Market, natural body care items and more! The market meets from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 900 Fuller Ave SE 49506.

Family Futures and the Grand Rapids Food Coop Initiative will be sharing resources on August 6. On August 20, learn about extending your food garden into the fall. View the full market flyer here.

Family Futures sharing resources at farmers market Aug. 6

Southeast Area Farmers Market, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday July 6, MLK Jr. Park

Family Futures is a nonprofit that works to create communities in which all children achieve their full potential. They do that by supporting children and strengthening families. Their programs, Connections and Healthy Families Kent County, focus on children under age five. They work with parents to understand their children’s development, support them every step of the way, and connect them to resources when needed. When we all set up children and families for success, communities thrive!

The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market provides a wide variety of local produce, cottage kitchen foods, personal care items, crafts and ready-to-eat foods. Our vendors are primarily women of color, home growers and residents of OKT’s targeted neighborhoods. In addition to providing access to healthy food, the market hosts meal preparation activities, workshops and guests from community organizations.

We welcome Bridge Card, SNAP, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC and many other assistance and coupon programs. How the Double Up Food Bucks Program Works