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Team OKT claims success in virtual #Walk4GoodFood2020

It’s not to late to donate to Team OKT! Click here!

Doris Johnson and her grandchildren completing the #Walk4GoodFood2020

For the past 42 years, hunderds of folks from all over the greater Grand Rapids area have walked annually to raise funds to help those with income challenges to access healthy food. Access of West Michigan did not let COVID-19 sideline the tradition. Instead of gathering walkers for one walk downtown, the #Walk4GoodFood2020 was completed by individuals and family groups who walked following social distancing guidelines during their own chosen times between May 3 and May 13.

Our Kitchen Table’s team included 29 team members. A special shout out to our Program for Growth participants who joined up!  Team OKT met its fundraising goals. In addition, corporate sponsor, Edenz, donated $500.

As a #Walk4GoodFood recipient agency, OKT will use funds received to help support its Southeast Area Farmers’ Market.

A Beautiful Walk for Good Food Kickoff! You can still join OKT’s Walk Team!

You can view the full blessing “With Every Step Let Us Notice You” written for the opening kickoff by Margarita Solis-Deal, Access Board Member and Dominican Center at Marywood Director on our website. We encourage you to use this as a focus for your walk.
This morning (Monday) we started with Walk for Good Food Yoga with Nick from Flip Dog Yoga to get us ready to walk. Join us Live on Facebook (@AccessOfWestMichigan) on Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, and the following Tuesday (every other day) to join in at 7:30am; videos will also be available to stream anytime after they are posted.
Can you get involved? YES! The Walk runs through May 13- there is still plenty of time!
  • Get involved as a walker on your own/with your household. While there are many things in place to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community, you can still go for a walk! You do need to continue to follow social distancing guidelines and other directives made by public health officials and government leaders. You can do your walk anytime between May 3-13. When you register you’ll get your own fundraising page and can ask others to support your walk.
  • Make a donation– your support will make a difference as we work towards a thriving food system for all people during these challenging times. You can also mail a donation to: Access of West Michigan, 1700 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508, note it is for the Walk for Good Food.
  • Sponsor the Walk, or ask your company or organization if they are interested! It’s not too late to join us in this way.
For specific details, visit our Walk For Good Food Website. Additional questions? Contact Alaina at 616-747-0988 or alaina@accessofwestmichigan.org.

Walk Kickoff on Facebook Live on Sunday at 2:30pm

Join the #Walk4GoodFood kick-off on the Access of West Michigan Facebook page

It’s not too late to join the OKT virtual walk team! Pick your day and time to walk!

walkIn light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Walk for Good Food will take place in your own neighborhood. Access of West Michigan is asking us to walk individually or with our households, staying six feet away from anyone else, of course. OKT will post updates as we get them. For specific details, visit the Walk For Good Food Website. Funds from the Walk help OKT run the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market.
How can you get involved?

For more information, visit our Walk for Good Food Website.

In your neighborhood: The 43rd Annual Walk for Good Food

Reposted from Rapid Growth Media  #Walk4GoodFood2020
BY ESTELLE SLOOTMAKERSATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2020group-picture-from-Jim

Over the past 42 years, the Access of West Michigan Walk for Good (formerly the Hunger Walk) has raised more than $6 million for dozens of local and international nonprofits addressing hunger and food insecurity. This year, the Walk is funding eight local organizations that are working hard to improve access to healthy foods and diminish other impacts of poverty: the Kent County Food Policy CouncilNorth End Wellness CoalitionOur Kitchen TableRevive and Thrive ProjectSECOM Resource CenterSt. Mark’s Episcopal Church, and UCOM.The work of these organizations ranges from community gardens, neighborhood-based food markets, and meal delivery programs to emergency food pantries and community development initiatives.

When the COVID-19 crisis dashed plans for the 750 expected walkers to take to Grand Rapids’ downtown streets on May 2, Walk organizers shifted gears and took the Walk in a different direction. Instead of congregating in the center city, people who have registered to walk will chart their own 5K courses within their own neighborhoods, all the while adhering to social distancing guidelines.

“This year, the Walk will be held in accordance with social distancing guidelines and other directives given by public health officials and government leaders,” says Alaina Dobkowski, Access of West Michigan Walk organizer. “Participants are encouraged to walk in their neighborhoods individually or with members of their household while maintaining at least a six-foot distance from others. The walk, which is usually a 5K, can be completed all at once or over multiple days. Despite social distancing, the community can still unite for good.”

Each walker raises donations for the Walk from their friends, family, co-workers, and congregations.

Walk-Logo“The Walk for Good Food is one of the best ways to invest donations and energy that will impact thousands of low-income individuals,” Dobkowski adds. “Though inequities in our food system were present already, they are heightened right now as many in our community are impacted by COVID-19 through loss of income, access to meals, and more.”

All are invited to join the walk anytime between May 3 to May 13, either individually, creating a team, or joining an existing team. Those who would rather not walk can make a donation. Donations can be made to a specific walk recipient organization, as well. It’s easy to do on the Walk for Good Food website.

“We need a Good Food System that functions for everyone, especially in times of crisis,” Dobkowski concludes. “It is more important than ever to support organizations working to provide healthy, fair, green, and affordable food to those who need it the most.”

Those who would rather send a check can send one to Access of West Michigan, 1700 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508.