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Free! Virtual Cook, Eat & Talk Saturday Feb. 12

Meet our new E2E Registered Dietitian, Winona Bynum,
Executive Director, Detroit Food Policy Council 
Are you pregnant, breastfeeding, or the mom of a low-birth weight baby? Are you a mom diagnosed with overweight or obesity? Do you receive SNAP, WIC, or other food assistance? Then you are invited! Do you just want to learn how to cook healthier, affordable foods for yourself or your family? You are invited, too!

Teens help teens stay warm with coat drive

The Mayor’s Youth Council has a coat drive running through March 4 to benefit Grand Rapids teens. New coats, gloves and other winter accessories can be dropped off at eight Grand Rapids Public Library locations.  Donated items will then be distributed to the following community-based organizations: Baxter Community Center, Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities, Hispanic Center of Western Michigan and AYA Youth Collective.

“Every young person deserves to have a warm coat — period,” Shannon L. Harris, OCC executive director, said. “We especially want to reach teens and young adults who are unhoused and/or experiencing poverty; and I’m thrilled to see teens helping each other to ensure basic needs are being met.”


The Mayor’s Youth Council consists of local teens in grades 9 through 12 who spend a school year learning about the functions of city government. They also give voice to issues of concern to them by facilitating monthly meetings with the mayor, hosting an annual KidSpeak youth forum at City Hall and participating in community service projects.  

Save the Date! Walk for Good Food May 1 – 11, 2022!

#Walk4GoodFood #W4GF #AccessWM

Access of West Michigan has again chosen Our Kitchen Table as a recipient of funds raised by the Walk for Good Food. OKT will use these funds to support our Southeast Area Farmers’ Market during its 2022 market season. Stay tuned for information how to join or sponsor the OKT Walk Team!

Talk to a Troublemaker: Livestream about Community Solar

Join the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition tomorrow, Tuesday (11/16) for the latest installment of Talk to a Troublemaker with the Work for Me, DTE crew! Michelle Jones, Mama Shu, and Layla Elabed will talk about community solar — and how its benefits, like healthier communities, lower bills, and stopping shutoffs, come directly from community control.

Layla & Michelle will shed light on the latest on DTE’s latest efforts to obstruct community solar,  and evade accountability for massive power outages this summer. Together, MEJC, Soulardarity, and We the People MI traveled to Lansing last month to testify at the House Energy Committee’s hearing on power outages. Chair Bellino — who, among 11 of the committee members, accepted $1000 from a DTE PAC within days of the hearing — denied us the chance to speak.

Bring your questions and perhaps, an end-of-day snack. You can join us via Zoom or tune in on Facebook Live.

COVID-19 Testing Site for Kent County School Staff & Students

Grand Rapids Public Schools–Kent County Health Department–Artic Medical Laboratories

Ken-O-Sha Park School Door B
1353 Van Auken St SE   
Grand Rapids, MI  49508

Good Afternoon Staff and Families,

Grand Rapids Public Schools, Kent County Health Department and Artic Medical Laboratories are partnering to provide COVID-19 testing for Kent County school staff and studentsat Ken O Sha Park Elementary(1353 Van Auken St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508, Door B).  This testing is available to staff and students ONLY who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 12:00-2:30 pm by appointment beginning October 25, 2021.

 Common symptoms associated with COVID-19 include: 
 Temperature 100.4 degrees F or higher OR feels warm to touch. New cough or change in cough. Shortness of breath. Loss of taste or smell  Sore throat. Body aches. Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Severe headache. Extreme Tiredness. Congestion or runny nose 

Step 1: Schedule your appointment here:  COVID testing site scheduler (you are welcome to sign up at the most convenient location through this scheduler).

Step 2: Complete the registration paperwork for your appointment using this link or QR code: COVID testing registration information.

Upon arrival at Ken O Sha, please pull up under the canopy along the southeast side of the building outside DOOR B (the former preschool) and remain in your vehicle. Arctic Lab staff will bring the testing supplies out to your vehicle.  This is a Saliva PCR test which will be sent to a laboratory to determine if COVID is detected.  To take this test, you cannot eat, drink, smoke, or chew gum for a ½ hour before the test so please refrain from doing so for 30 minutes prior to your appointment.

Test results will be texted or emailed using the information you provide in the registration link.

For more information follow this link: School Laboratory Partnership
For questions about your returned test results, call the Arctic Medical Labs
Customer Support line @ 616.747.0307

Learn More about COVID-19 Youth Vaccinations 

Parent University and the Grand Rapids African American Health Institute have partnered to present GRPS caregivers an opportunity to receive non-bias information about the Covid-19 Youth Vaccination.

If you have any questions, please contact the F.A.C.E. office at 616.819.1977 or parentengagement@grps.org.
 
To attend the morning session, CLICK HERE
To attend the evening session, CLICK HERE

OKTober at the Farmers Market!

Oct. 2 The Creative Youth Center (CYC) will share information on their amazing programs. At the CYC, kids become published authors, leading to a strong sense of identity and an enthusiasm for learning. Our programs are offered, at no cost to families, to students aged 6-18 attending Grand Rapids Public Schools or living in Grand Rapids.

Oct. 16 Connect with the Grand Rapids Fire Department Residential Safety Program. The Residential Safety Program (RSP) is a voluntary program to prevent fires. The goal is to reduce the number and severity of fires. The program offers: Fire safety checks, free smoke alarm upgrades and installations, free carbon monoxide (CO) alarm installations, one-on-one fire safety consultation, and connection to assist with fire safety issues

On Oct. 16 & 30 Grand Rapids Red Project will share their life-saving resources. Red Project is a safe place in which people can exercise their right to explore better health choices related to sexual activity and drug use, without judgement and without fear. We provide health resources, prevent the spread of disease, and save lives.

COVID vaccinations/boosters at our farmers market Oct 16 or 30

Need at least 10 folks to preregister!

Experts seek to allay COVID vaccine hesitancy in Black Americans | CIDRAP

The Southeast Area Farmers Market will host a vaccination clinic at the Southeast Area Farmers Market from 1 to 3 p.m. either Saturday Oct. 16 or Oct. 30 if ten people sign up for the jabs ahead of time. Reaching Care, a non-profit healthcare navigator, and a local pharmacy will provide Pfizer vaccinations (first or second dose, and boosters).

If you need a COVID vaccination or booster, please sign up here today! You can also sign up in person at the market on Saturday Oct. 2

Big day at the Southeast Area Farmers Market!

Creative Youth Center will share information on its writing programs and young authors’ works.

Grand Rapids Red Project will share information on harm reduction, HIV/AIDs, and substance abuse disorder.

Grand Rapids Fire Department Residential Safety Program will share information and resources to help homeowners prevent fires.

Art at The Market! Neighborhood artists–show us what you got!