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Bodega Bootcamp Teaches Business Skills to Michigan's Startup Grocers

Bodega Bootcamp Teaches Business Skills to Michigan's Startup Grocers

16 Aug 2016 | Amy Haimerl for the Michigan Good Food Fund
 
An original version of this story was published at MIGoodFoodFund.org and can be accessed here
 
Inside a small brick building in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit, a plan is hatching that will turn the former Bagley Trumbull Market, which was more liquor store than market, | Read more >
Food is Medicine

Food is Medicine

05 Jul 2016 | Kate Sommerfeld, ProMedica Health System, Toledo
 
Hunger is a problem healthcare providers see every day among patients of all ages in emergency rooms, clinics, offices, and hospital beds. Babies born to malnourished mothers may be underweight or overweight, have developmental delays and continue to have health problems | Read more >
From Food Desert to Food Oasis, One Casserole at a Time

From Food Desert to Food Oasis, One Casserole at a Time

17 Feb 2016 | John Bare, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
 
When a leader of a local Baptist church made a plea to teach young people the value of casseroles, I knew we were on to something.
 
It turns out the casserole, long a staple of church suppers, may be the ultimate example of a do-it-yourself family food experience. The casserole | Read more >
Mandela MarketPlace – Beyond Food and Economy

Mandela MarketPlace – Beyond Food and Economy

22 Dec 2015 | Dana Harvey, Mandela MarketPlace
 
For far too long, communities like West Oakland have suffered intentional and sanctioned dis-investment — stripping people and communities of financial assets, social cohesion, and human dignity. The work of Mandela MarketPlace builds a foundation for community re-investment — a | Read more >
A Holistic Approach to Healthy Food Financing

A Holistic Approach to Healthy Food Financing

16 Nov 2015 | Scott Sporte, Capital Impact Partners
 
Healthy food financing isn’t just about health.
 
There is no doubt that improving access to fresh, nutritious foods in low-income communities can help people improve eating habits and prevent diet-related diseases, such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart | Read more >
Lending To and Learning From Agripreneurs

Lending To and Learning From Agripreneurs

13 Oct 2015 | Steve Saltzman, Self-Help
 
Healthy food access initiatives are gaining steam across the country, expanding availability of fresh produce in food deserts and creating jobs in economically challenged communities. Recognizing that availability in and of itself does not create access, a new set of initiatives | Read more >
Michigan Deserves a Better Food Future

Michigan Deserves a Better Food Future

21 Sep 2015 | La June Montgomery Tabron, Oran B. Hesterman, Rich Pirog and Terry Simonette
The Michigan Good Food Fund is a new public-private partnership loan and grant fund created to finance healthy food production, distribution, processing, and retail projects that benefit underserved communities throughout Michigan. It launched summer 2015 with a series of community | Read more >
Increasing Expertise through Partnership and Collaboration

Increasing Expertise through Partnership and Collaboration

31 Aug 2015 | Catherine Howard, Northern California Community Loan Fund
Despite being nestled amid the country’s most lucrative agricultural sector, California’s Central Valley and Central Coast experience high rates of poverty, unemployment, and homelessness. This area, one of the country’s richest, generating nearly $5.3 billion in revenue from | Read more >