Each year, one quarter of the funds we raise is shared by local agencies working to combat hunger here in Muskegon County. Agencies who are interested in being considered for local support fill out an application which is distributed in May of each year. This year's recipient agencies are:
Mission for Area People
Mission for Area People (MAP) is a growing ministry which works to meet the changes in the community. MAP programs include a Food Pantry, Clothing Pantry, and an emergency medical support program to help uninsured individuals in the community. MAP also has a backpack give away and serves close to 1,400 kids at Christmas time.
MAP also provides a Supper House where nourishing meals are served five nights a week, to an average of 120 guests. Many of the Supper House Guests are children.
Our food pantry is a healthy choice food pantry providing fresh fruits, vegetables, low fat yogurt, eggs, cheese, chicken, ground chuck, and no sugar cereals. CROP Hunger Walk money helps provide food for the Food Pantry.
1. A Healthy Choice food pantry............. 200 individuals per month
2. Medical Support Fund.......................... 80 individuals per month
3. Clothing Pantry................................... 500 individuals per month
4. Back Pack Program............................ 300 back packs
5. Thanksgiving baskets..........................100 baskets
6. Christmas Toy gift giveaway.............1,432 children provided Christmas gifts
7. Supper House Program........................ 700 individuals per month
8. Rental Assistance.................................. (when funds are available)
Phone: (231) 733-9672
Fax: (231) 733-8241
AgeWell Services (Meals on Wheels)
Meals on Wheels operated by AgeWell Services promotes the health and independence of older adults throughout Oceana, Muskegon, and Ottawa counties through its nutrition and related services. Meals on Wheels delivers a hot meal to 1,339 homebound seniors each weekday.
AgeWell Services also has 17 meal sites where seniors can receive a nutritious meal in the company of friends and neighbors in the community. Congregate sites also provide activities such as cards, informative guest speakers, music and trips.
Eligibility for meals is based on age (60 years or older) rather than financial position. This program allows seniors to remain in their own homes longer by receiving a nutritious, hot meal every day. As a CROP Hunger Walk recipient, the money goes directly into the Home Delivery Program.
Meals on Wheels is located at:
Phone: (231) 755-0434
Community enCompass is a Christian Community Development Organization, focused on transforming downtown Muskegon Neighborhoods from the inside out. One of our initiatives is McLaughlin Grows Urban Farm, the first urban farm initiative in the City of Muskegon.
As a community-based social enterprise, McLaughlin Grows Urban Farm seeks to:
- Provide employment to downtown residents by offering job training opportunities as well as the development of entrepreneurial and business skills
- Transform the local food system by providing neighborhood residents with access to nutritious, affordable, organic produce
- Build a healthy neighborhood by creating green space, promoting social interaction and fostering a sense of community
- Sustainable food production has a far reaching impact on the overall health of our neighbors and neighborhoods. The Muskegon CROP Hunger Walk money helps acquire seeds and seedlings.
McLaughlin Grows Urban Farm
is located at:
Phone: (231) 728-3117
Fax: (231) 722-1842
Saturday Breakfast at First Congregational Church
A nutritious breakfast buffet is served at First Congregational Church (United Church of Christ) every Saturday morning to an average of 300 guests. Following their meal, children 12 and younger enjoy supervised activities with neighborhood volunteers. Linkages are made between guests from this low income neighborhood in downtown Muskegon and other anti-poverty programs. Intermittent screenings for diabetes and hypertension also help address health problems related to diet and nutrition. Church partners, foundations, service organizations, and neighborhood volunteers provide the production support and financial underwriting that has allowed this weekly program to flourish since February of 2003.
Muskegon CROP Hunger Walk money helps with the $1.53 per meal costs.
First Congregational United Church of Christ (UCC) is located at:
1201 Jefferson Street
Muskegon, MI 49441
Phone: (231) 726-3254