Fair Food Michigan
Our home state is a proving ground for innovation.
We are proud of our Michigan roots and Midwest sensibility, developing and spotlighting inspiring yet practical solutions. In our home state we knit together our work in healthy food incentives, financing, and public policy for greater impact. See below for current and past projects.
“Fair Food Network’s innovative approach to helping connect people with healthy food is making a real difference in the lives of families and farmers. I look forward to working with them as they continue their great work in Michigan and beyond.”
Michigan Good Food Fund
Growing Michigan’s good food future.
The Michigan Good Food Fund is a $30 million public-private partnership loan fund that provides financing and business assistance to good food enterprises that benefit underserved communities across Michigan.
By filling these gaps that many entrepreneurs face, the Fund aims to increase access to healthy food and drive economic development and job creation, while promoting greater racial and social equity, environmental stewardship, and local sourcing.
Inside a small brick building in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit, a plan is hatching that will to turn the former Bagley Trumbull Market, which was more liquor store than market, into a year-round farmers market and café offering fresh, healthy, and locally grown food.
Good Food Battle Creek
Good work in Battle Creek.
We support community partners in Battle Creek, Michigan through the Good Food Battle Creek collaborative. This work is engaging stakeholders from across the food system and beyond to coordinate efforts, grow the capacity of local efforts, and facilitate work that is reimagining the food system in the community—starting with healthy food access.
In connection with our work with the Michigan Good Food Fund, we hosted a Battle Creek Business Boot Camp supporting good food entrepreneurs in the community.
“Beyond the tractor…the knowledge we got is going to help us go into our second year strong.”
Healthy Futures for All
Children and seniors are among our most vulnerable citizens—too often lacking in regular access to the healthy foods needed to live healthy lives.
Working with local partners, this one-year pilot project is working to increase healthy food access in Detroit. This includes growing awareness of the Double Up Food Bucks SNAP incentive program among the city’s students and families, while also getting more farm fresh foods to homebound seniors.
Healthy Food Connect is a regional initiative of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.