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Photo: Fresh Food Box (2020)

By Chara Bouma-Prediger

When COVID-19 began to effect our region in Western Michigan, we began to be inundated with produce from local restaurants and producers. Through our food council, Ottawa Food, we were able to start a Local Farmers Relief Effort, which raised funding to purchase directly from our smaller farmers in the area who needed extra support. Our food program would receive about 1,000 lbs of produce weekly, which was packed into our fresh food box. Every household who came for our curbside assistance received a fresh food box, which had dairy and frozen items along with the local produce, and recipes or tips on how to use the fresh items. The work through our council not only supported our small, local farmers, but provided for our neighbors who were receiving fresh, healthy options. Already this year, we’ve been able to provide half a million meals through our food distribution, and all through the collaborative efforts like this one!By downloading this image, you agree to use the photo within the context that it was taken. You also agree to never use it for commercial purposes. The image always belongs to the original photographer and should be attributed to the photographer and Center for a Livable Future Food Policy Networks Photo Contest. Image credit: Chara Bouma-Prediger; CLF Food Policy Networks Photo Contest, 2020