By Nicholas Goodman, MiCAFE Network Specialist For many, holidays in December bring joy and excitement. For those living on a fixed income, the social expectations for providing meals at family gatherings can be stressful and overwhelming. Here are some resources to make this time of year less anxiety-inducing: Feeding America has a network of food banks in the southern lower peninsula. You can search by … Continue reading Putting Food on the Table for the Holidays
by Lyndsy Gamet, MiCAFE Outreach and Training Coordinator Let’s talk about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Are you one of approximately 142,000 Michigan Seniors who participate in the program? If not, let me give you a few facts about it, and how to find out if you are eligible. 1) The SNAP program was designed to help individuals to obtain an adequate diet, while meeting … Continue reading SNAP Facts!
by Lindsay Felsing, LLMSW, Director of Economic Security One in six seniors in America face hunger every day. Food insecurity among seniors continues to grow: rates of senior hunger increased by nearly 6% from 2011-2013. In 2014, 7 million seniors relied on local food banks to put food on the table. One-third of seniors facing hunger have a disability and nearly one in five live … Continue reading Today is National Hunger Awareness Day : Let’s look at senior hunger in America and how you can help.
by Skye Felsing, MiCAFE Farmers markets have been around for a long time, but recently we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of markets in Michigan. According to the Michigan Farmers Market Association, there are now over 300 markets across Michigan. There were just 90 markets in 2001. So why have they become so popular? What advantages do they give us over our … Continue reading Let’s talk about Farmers Markets! What are they and how do they address hunger?
by Christopher Jackson, JD While most think of Michigan as a manufacturing state, Michigan’s agricultural production continues to be a substantial economic contributor to the state. Although much of the agricultural products produced in Michigan are exported to other states and countries, this agricultural production still plays a vital role in supplying food to Michiganders. Farmers’ markets play a vital role in connecting consumers directly … Continue reading Use Your Farmers’ Market to Eat Healthy This Summer