Kalkaska Food Summit: ‘The Importance of Local’

Story by Maddy Baroli

The Kalkaska Food Summit took place on Wednesday, March 15 at the Kalkaska Stonehouse— a hub for community events on the grounds of the Kalkaska Memorial Health Center. The Livewell Kalkaska coalition, a group of public health professionals, organized the event in collaboration with the Food and Farming Network.

Last spring, several substantial grants were awarded with funding through the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. District Health Department #10 (DHD 10) received the funds and administered them to local organizations with ideas on how to enable healthy lifestyles in the community. The grant recipients’ work was notable, and Kalkaska’s first food summit was created to shine a spotlight on their efforts.

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FREE FALL CONFERENCE – Around the Table: Local Food & Community Health

Wednesday, October 28, 4:00-8:00 PM

Sponsored by:  Local Food Alliance
North Central Michigan College, Petoskey – Iron Horse Café

Join health care providers, educators, dietitians, farmers, Around the Table logo jpgfood processors, employers, and local food lovers to create a healthy foods action plan for the community. Learn about great programs in the area that bring local fresh foods into schools, hospitals, and workplace. Meet the people who make it happen and how you can take steps to create a healthier community!

FREE Event – Advance Registration with North Central Michigan College  required.  To register, call 231-348-6613.

The VISTA Experience

JFK January 1963 Press ConferenceIn January of 1963, the year of his assassination, President John F. Kennedy shared his vision for a national service corps “to help provide urgently needed services in urban and rural poverty areas.” Two years later, President Lyndon B. Johnson welcomed the first group of 20 VISTA volunteers.

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