Thank you Walkers and Supporters! You are the reason this event has once again been a success, raising funds to support the work of the OKT-managed Southeast Area FArmers Market and 13 other local organizations that are working to create a good food system for all. We are so grateful for your efforts.
It’s not too late to donate! Donations are collected through June 30th. Our fundraising page will remain live until then. Stay tuned as we tally final results and announce our top fundraising teams after we’ve collected all donations. If you have been collecting cash or check donations you can drop those off at our t-shirt curbside pick up locations next Tuesday, May 18 between 3-7pm (click here for locations). You’re also welcome to mail them to Access of West Michigan, 1700 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids MI 49508. Checks should be made payable to Access of West Michigan. Did you get a yard sign?
Walk for Good Food T-Shirts & Masks Did you raise $150? Come and get a free Access Walk for Good Food T-Shirt! We will have walk t-shirts and masks available for curbside pick up May 18, 3-7pm! To get a closer look or for pick locations and details, click here.T-Shirts are available in sizes Youth S-L, and Adult S-3XL. They will also be available for a $15 purchase. Masks are free. Items available on a first come first serve basis.
Please join us Sunday for Annual Access Walk for Good Food. This community-wide event brings together several hundred walkers to raise awareness and funds for local and international non-profit organizations working to create food secure communities — including the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market.
You can sign up today! It’s easy! Click here to sign up directly on the Access West Michigan website. Or, email media@OKTjustice.org and ask us to register you.
For the second year in a row, Access of West Michigan has asked agencies receiving funds raised by the walk to attend a half-day food justice training. This reflects Access’s commitment to not only provide food to the hungry as charitable endeavor bit to also address the root causes of hunger and under-nutrition, globally, nationally and locally. In fact, Access changed the name of the walk this year to reflect that change in direction What was the Annual Hunger Walk is now the Walk for Good Food.
Access explains its rationale for the name change, “we together seek to cultivate a Good Food System. Namely, a system in which healthy (food that provides nourishment and enables people to thrive), fair (food that no one along the production line was exploited during its creation), affordable (food that all people have access to), and green (food that was produced in a manner that is environmentally sustainable) food are available to all. “
On Wednesday April 11, OKT executive director, Lisa Oliver-King and longtime OKT Detroit colleague, Lottie Spady, led the morning dialogue. Amedia-maker and herbalist who often lends her talent to OKT’s programs, Spady spent many years working with the East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC). She utilizes a framework rooted in popular education, social justice, and social entrepreneurship to help develop relevant 21st century skills that community residents can translate into community and economic development.
The dialogue continued by having small groups come up with their own working definitions of food justice, food security and food sovereignty. As Access, OKT and other agencies share the message of how a just food system is the real answer to hunger, under-nutrition, and the many disease caused by nutrient-poor foods, we can hope that communities and countries will wake up and work to ensure that food is viewed as a human right and not just a profitable commodity.
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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.