OKT wins Community Spirit Award

123_1On October 10, women from Our Kitchen Table attended LINC Up’s Community Spirit Awards luncheon and evening program. During the luncheon, LINC announced OKT as winner of the 2019 Community Spirit Award for Health and Wellness. We are truly honored and humbled by this recognition.

LINC’s website says this about the award:
Neighborhoods are complex environments that are facing a series of complex issues. LINC Up understands that it takes many individuals and organizations with various approaches to achieve sustainable change. Each year, LINC celebrates and highlights the work of individuals and organizations influencing and effecting change in our communities. We believe in recognizing organizations with innovative ideas, those committed to advocacy work, youth making a difference in the community, and all of those working for neighborhoods that matter.

Southeast Area Farmers’ Market at LINC Saturday 10/19

Red Christmas Retail Medium Rectangle Banner (1).pngSoutheast Area Farmers’ Market
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays

Oct. 19, Nov. 2 & 9 at
LINC parking lot, Madison Ave.
just north of Hall St. SE 49507

Oct. 26 at MLK Jr. Park,
900 Fuller Ave. SE 49506

Only four weeks remain to shop at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market! On Saturday Oct. 19, the market meets at LINC. The harvest is abundant and it’s a great time to but fresh local veggies to freeze or can for the winter months ahead.

The Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center (CYC) will be sharing information at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market Saturday Oct. 19 and 26. CYC offers after school creative writing programming to Grand Rapids youth (1st graders-High School Seniors) at no cost to families. All programs take place at Jubilee Jobs in the Baxter Community Center. Come join the adventure! Registration for Fall 2 is now open! Fall 2 : November 11 – December 19 – 5 week (NO Class November 25-29).

In all classes students will work to write and edit content for The Book of Explosions, the CYC’s annual anthology of student writing. Students explore various genres and techniques, learning about poetry, narrative, or nonfiction. Students will have the opportunity to share their work in an informal performance at the end of the class term in the classrooms as well as being invited to share their work at an open microphone event at a local business at the end of the term.

Mondays :

Afterschool Adventure – 3rd-5th grade – Book Club 4-5 pm, Creative Writing 5-6 pm – 12 total spaces

Wednesdays :

  • Afterschool Adventure – 1st & 2nd grade – Book Club 4-5, Creative Writing 5-6 – 12 total spaces
  • Amplify – Middle School, 4-6 pm at Jubilee Jobs in the Baxter Community Center – 14 total spaces
  • Craft – High School, 6:15pm-7:45pm at Jubilee Jobs in the Baxter Community Center – 10 total spaces

Contact KAIT by email: kait@creativeyouthcenter.org or by phone (616) 458-5505 to request.

Other community partners at the market on the 19th include the Grand Rapids Public Library Storytime program and United Healthcare with information on accessing free benefits if you have Medicare and/or Medicaid.

Southeast Area Farmers’ Market at LINC Saturday

20190824_110954Southeast Area Farmers’ Market

  • 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays
  • Oct. 12, 19, Nov. 2 & 9 at
    LINC parking lot, Madison Ave.
    just north of Hall St. SE 49507
  • Oct. 26 at MLK Jr. Park,
    900 Fuller Ave. SE 49506

Only five weeks remain to shop at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market! On Saturday Oct. 12, the market meets at LINC. The harvest is abundant and it’s a great time to but fresh local veggies to freeze or can for the winter months ahead.

Community partner, United Healthcare, is sending its Kent County community outreach coordinator, Molly Carpenter, to share information on accessing free benefits if you have Medicare and/or Medicaid.

ALERT! Gov Whitmer has vetoed “10-cents a Meal” school program that heps Michigan kids and farmers

10cents_michigan_sitelogoMake the call! Write the email! Click to find contact information for your legislators, Senate leadershipSenate Appropriations Committee membersHouse leadershipHouse Appropriations Committee Members, and Governor Whitmer.

Diane Conners  | Senior Policy Specialist with Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities reports:

10 Cents a Meal has been eliminated from the state budget—the victim of one of nearly 150 line item vetoes Governor Gretchen Whitmer handed down this week in what is being called an historically tense budget process.

Now it’s time to move to the next step – and there is one. The legislature can move forward on a supplemental budget process to restore the program, and Gov. Whitmer can then join legislative leaders at the negotiating table. Let’s call on them to do that—the supplemental budget process and negotiations. Contact your legislators and Gov. Whitmer now. Read below for more information on how to do this.

The governor and the legislature, bruised as they may be, have been challenging each other to truly negotiate. And they should, immediately. Delaying negotiations means delaying momentum in a healthy school lunch program—a win-win for students and farmers—that was poised this year to finally be available to school districts across the entire state.

10 Cents is a matching grant program that helps schools purchase Michigan grown fruits, vegetables, and dry beans. Because it’s an incentive match program, it doubles the state’s investment in Michigan’s economy. And it puts the wide variety of fruits and vegetables our state grows on the plates of our children. It’s investing in children’s health and our local food and farm economy.

10 Cents has received national recognition, bipartisan support, and endorsements from school, health, and farm advocates across the state.  

Those who have either signed up as supporters or provided statements of support include Michigan Farm Bureau, Michigan Farmers Union, Michigan Food and Farming Systems, the School Nutrition Association of Michigan, the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Healthy Kids-Healthy Michigan, Michigan League for Public Policy, and school districts ranging from those in Detroit and Flint to the state’s Upper Peninsula.

State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, who led the effort to expand the program statewide with $2 million in funding in the budget—before the veto—said he even thought of the program as not just bipartisan, but “nonpartisan.” Legislators in agricultural areas immediately understood the value, and legislators from urban areas, when they learned of the 10 Cents program, asked: “How can I get this for my schools?” Schmidt said.

And Governor Whitmer originally included the program in her budget as well, and also recognized it in her policy priorities when she was campaigning to be governor, despite the fact that 10 Cents was originally moved forward by Republicans.

The governor’s previous support of 10 Cents showed a win-win attitude, and that’s what we need. We need things we can agree upon. Make this one of them.

Here are steps for contacting legislators and Governor Whitmer:

Ask your legislators to call on legislative leaders—the Senate Majority Leader, Speaker of the House, and Appropriations Committee members and chairs in both chambers — to move forward a supplemental budget process that includes:

  • Restoring the legislature’s expanded $2 million in funding for 10 Cents a Meal
  • Expanding 10 Cents so it is available to school districts statewide, and
  • Adding in eligibility for sponsors of early child care centers.

If you have limited time, start with your own legislators, asking them to contact legislative leaders.

And then call on Governor Whitmer to respond affirmatively. Tell her why the program is valuable to you.

School has started. Let’s do this now.

Here is where you can find contact information for your legislators, Senate leadershipSenate Appropriations Committee membersHouse leadershipHouse Appropriations Committee Members, and Governor Whitmer.

If you need more information about the impacts of 10 Cents a Meal, check out the reports to the legislature at tencentsmichigan.org.

 

Grand Rapids Food Co-op hosts Jon Steinman, author of Grocery Story

unnamedTuesday, October 22 7-9 pm
DGRI Conference Room, 29 Pearl St. NW.
Admission is free

Grand Rapids Food Co-op is hosting Jon Steinman, author of Grocery Story, an in depth exploration of cooperative grocery stores and how they differ from the commercial sector. Jon will be offering an engaging presentation with time for discussion, book signing.

Who Owns Your Grocery Store?
New book about consumer-owned grocery stores pulls back the curtain on the grocery giants. Food has become ground-zero in our efforts to increase awareness of how our choices impact the world. Yet while we have begun to transform our communities and dinner plates, the most authoritative strand of the food web has received surprisingly little attention: the grocery store―the epicenter of our food-gathering ritual.

unnamedThrough penetrating analysis and inspiring stories and examples of American and Canadian food co-ops, Grocery Story makes a compelling case for the transformation of the grocery store aisles as the emerging frontier in the local and good food movements. Author Jon Steinman:

  • Deconstructs the food retail sector and the shadows cast by corporate giants
  • Makes the case for food co-ops as an alternative
  • Shows how co-ops spur the creation of local food-based economies and enhance low-income food access.

Grocery Story is for everyone who eats. Whether you strive to eat more local and sustainable food, or are in support of community economic development, Grocery Story will leave you hungry to join the food co-op movement in your own community.

Jon Steinman is the producer and host of the internationally syndicated radio show and podcast Deconstructing Dinner (2006-2010) and of Deconstructing Dinner: Reconstructing our Food System – a television and web series currently streaming online. Jon was an elected director from 2006-2016 of the Kootenay Co-op – Canada’s largest independent retail consumer food co-op, serving as Board President from 2014-2016. He lives in Nelson, British Columbia. www.deconstructingdinner.com

Farmers’ market at MLK Jr. Park Saturday

20190824_110954The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market will meet 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MLK Jr. Park, 900 Fuller SE 49506 this Saturday, Sept. 28. In addition to shopping for fresh local produce, baked goods, and crafts, stop by to chat with the community partners planning to be there:

  • Grand Rapids Public Library will host Storytime at the market through Oct. 26.
  • United Healthcare will share information on how to access free benefits with Medicare and Medicaid.