As food pantries across the nation begin to look at root causes of hunger and under-nutrition, they are beginning to address the injustices in the food system that make food charity a necessity. Access of West Michigan has been on the leading edge of this movement, as is reflected in the new name they’ve given their annual fund-raising walk, The Walk for Good Food.
Please support the Walk for Good Food! The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market is one of the recipients of Walk funds — and OKT manages the market! Open from the first Saturday in July to the second Saturday in November at Grand Rapids’ Martin Luther King Jr. Park, our market ‘s vendors are primarily women of color from Grand Rapids’ Southeast neighborhoods. Most of our sales are completed with food assistance dollars. Because the market takes part in the Double Up Food Bucks program, our patrons using SNAP benefits can purchase twice as much fresh, local produce. This means that our neighbors with income challenges can feed their households even more nutritious food –even though they live in neighborhoods that otherwise have very limited access to healthy foods.
When you support the walk you support the market. Sign up today to join the OKT walk team or pledge your support through an online donation. OKT also seeks corporate donors to be our sponsors for the event. Download the corporate sponsor packet here.
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Access Walk for Good Food
Sunday May 6, 2018
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Access of West Michigan has again designated Our Kitchen Table to receive funds from its annual Access Walk for Good Food! OKT is thrilled that these funds will again be available to help fund our management of the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market. The Walk prioritizes organizations seeking to transition from typical charitable models into models upholding community organized and equity-focused efforts, health and nutrition standards and overall movement toward food sovereignty.
Formerly the Access Hunger Walk, the Walk for Good Food changed its name because “hunger” can be hard to define and even harder to solve. While feeding people to address hunger is important, the goal of the Walk has been to fund organizations that are addressing root causes of food insecurity and poverty. The name change more accurately reflects the mission of the organizations that receive funding from the Walk as we together seek to cultivate a Good Food System, namely, a system in which food that is healthy (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), and green (produced in a manner that is environmentally sustainable) is available to all.
OKT is more than a recipient of funds from the Walk. Our staff and supporters play a number of vital roles in making the Walk a success. We attend monthly planning meetings, help recruit walkers and donors from Grand Rapids area congregations and businesses, publicize the event via our website, social media and e-newsletters, and recruit walkers and volunteers for the event.