The Access Walk for Good Food is an annual 5k walk in Grand Rapids. The goal of the Walk is to fund non-profit organizations that address issues of food access and poverty. Our Kitchen Table has been chosen as a recipient agency. Money OKT receives from the Walk will help fund the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market, a walkable neighborhood market in a Grand Rapids neighborhood with little access to healthy, fresh foods.

OKT’s work, and the work of the other 13 recipient organizations aligns with the definition of Good Food, which is food that is:

  • IMG_6623-150x150Healthy (provides nourishment and enables people to thrive)
  • Fair (no one along the production line was exploited during its creation)
  • Affordable (All people have access to it)
  • Green (produced in an environmentally sustainable manner)

Attach3625_20180506_141813-150x150The work of the recipient organizations ranges from community gardening and urban farming, nutrition programs, food pantries and meal programs, to food justice and community development initiatives. Our collaborative work has a vision of a thriving Good Food system for all people.

The Walk brings non-profit organizations, businesses, congregations, farms, and individuals together to bring awareness of the great work happening in our community to address food access and poverty. By walking together we unite in vision of a Good Food system for all and broaden our shared impact for social good. Over the last 41 years, the Walk has raised over $6 million for dozens of local and international non-profit organizations.

This year, the Walk organizers’ goal this year is to have over 1,000 walkers and raise $110,000. Click here to take part by joining join OKT’s walk team today!

What if everyone in our community could have equal access to food that nourishes, creates good jobs, is affordable, and treats the earth well as it is produced? What if non-profit organizations, businesses, congregations, farms, and individuals could come together to achieve this vision?

We believe it’s possible.
That’s why we walk.
Share the vision.
Walk with us.

Free gardening classes at Baxter Community Center

OKT will not be offering community food growing classes this spring. We are focusing on our Program for Growth at MLK Jr. Leadership Academy and the Southeast Area FArmers’ Market.  If you’d like learn how to grow your own food, attend these free classes at Baxter Community Center. Thank you Baxter!


Town hall discussion on Michigan’s clean energy transition

Clean energy town hall discussion
 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 18
GVSU Loosemore Auditorium
401 Fulton St. W, 49504


On Monday, March 18, the Michigan League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, Citizens Climate Lobby and Sunrise Movement will join elected officials, clean energy experts and community members for a town hall event to discuss Michigan’s transition to clean energy. Michigan is at a pivotal moment for its energy future as utility companies develop long-term energy plans. The town hall discussion will focus on how Michigan can transition to clean energy and how the community can get involved.

Speakers include:

  • Senator Winnie Brinks, Michigan State Senate
  • Representative Rachel Hood, Michigan State House of Representatives
  • Commissioner Dan Scripps, Michigan Public Service Commission
  • Jessica Woycehoski, Consumers Energy

    Co-Moderators Cameron Kritikos, CRC Office of Social Justice and Gillian Giem, U.S. Green Building Council – West Michigan Chapter

Participating organizations include Climate Witness Project, LINC Up, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business Koeze Business Ethics Initiative, and U.S. Green Building Council – West Michigan Chapter.





The 42nd Annual Access Walk for Good Food supports The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market as well as these local agencies which strive to bring healthier food to our income-challenged neighbors:

Please take a minute, click on the links, and learn about the work being done here in the Greater Grand Rapids Area. Then, sign up to walk or donate today! Look for Team: Our Kitchen Table!

Deirdre Courtney will present Climate Change and Marginalized Populations

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6 – 8 p.m. Thursday Feb. 21
ICCF Assembly Hall, 920 Cherry St SE, 49506 

As climate change makes more impact on our world, those with income challenges—most often people of color—suffer the most. Deirdre Courtney will present Climate Change and Marginalized Populations at ICCF Assembly Hall, 920 Cherry St SE, 49506 from 6 – 8 p.m. Thursday Feb. 21. The free event is co-sponsored by the Citizens Climate Lobby – Grand Rapids Chapter and Our Kitchen Table, as part of its  2019 Women of Color Convenings series.

Courtney, a doctoral teaching assistant in the Institute for Intercultural and Anthropological Studies at Western Michigan University, researches climate change adaptation and mitigation, climate change migration/displacement and cultural anthropology. While the real solution is to take steps to set our world’s climate back in the right direction, the next best plans include finding ways to minimize the harm that is already happening to our marginalized neighbors who are suffering the most.

“The margins are real and make a difference on how and who is affected by climate changes, even in Michigan,” says Jan Strait, co-lead of Grand Rapids Citizens Climate Lobby Chapter. “What do we need to increase our resilience and begin taking action to change the course for ourselves, our families, and our communities?”

OKT will open the event with a healthy cooking demo and tasting. Parking will be available around the building.

Citizens Climate Lobby supports the Bipartisan Climate Solution, HR 763, “Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act”, to drive down carbon pollution and allocate the proceeds directly to the American citizens. All the indicators estimate that in 12 years such an energy policy would reduce carbon emissions by 40%, it’s good for economy to add 2.1 million jobs, saves lives and helps Americans
where it’s most needed.

Symphony Scorecard grants DHHS clients free admission to concerts


Do you receive assistance from DHHS? If yes, you are eligible for a Symphony Scorecard. Cardholders are entitled to four complimentary tickets to more than 20 different Symphony events.

To get your scorecard, email your name, case number (or DOB) and address to Colene Johnson, Community Resource Coordinator, Kent County DHHS at