Local Food Relief Effort Kicks Off 2021 Season
Harvest Stand Ministries to Extend Program that Helps Farmers & Families
Harvest Stand Ministries will repeat its Farm to Families Local Food Relief Effort in 2021 and seeks to raise $10,000 to fund the program.
Through the program, a partnership with several community organizations, Harvest Stand Ministries purchases fresh produce directly from local farms and distributes it through local food pantries.
“We launched the Local Food Relief Effort in 2020 because farmers and families in West Michigan were facing economic challenges of historic scale due to COVID-19,” said Jordan Palladino, Executive Director of Harvest Stand Ministries. “Farmers were struggling with reduced business due to schools, restaurants, and farmers markets closing or limiting their operations. Resource-strapped families were turning to food pantries to get enough to eat.”
In light of the program’s success in 2020 (32,400 pounds of produce was purchased and distributed through local pantries to 4,395 families) and continued need in the community, it is being repeated this year.
“This program has been a godsend,” said Bruce Michael Wilson, owner and operator of Groundswell Community Farm. “It helped the farm defray expenses, keep workers employed, and get food to people in need.”
To raise the $10,000 needed to fund the program (which runs from July through September) this year, Harvest Stand Ministries has started a GoFundMe page. Every dollar will be matched, bringing the total to $20,000 for the program. To support the Local Food Relief Effort or learn more, visit https://gofund.me/f428d1b2.
The Farm to Families Local Farm Relief Effort is a partnership with Ottawa Food, Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital, Salvation Army, St. Francis de Sales Parish, and Community Action House.
About Harvest Stand Ministries:
Harvest Stand Ministries is a 501(c)3 non-profit that has been offering crisis and long-term support to those in need in Zeeland, Michigan, for over 20 years. At its location at 100 South Pine St., Suite 100, in Zeeland, it offers a food pantry, free clothing store, and resource connection assistance. Learn more or schedule an appointment at harveststandministries.org or by calling (616) 748-6003.