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Community Food Network

Who We Are

The Community Food Network is a member of the Michigan Food Councils working with Community Gardens and Food Pantries in Montcalm & Ionia Counties. Our partners include the MSU Extension, Master Gardeners, United Way Montalm-Ionia Counties & Volunteer Connections, Ionia County Health Dept.and the Mid-Michigan District Health Dept. The planning committee is formed with representatives from each community partner, community garden and many local food pantries. Anyone who wants to help with community gardens or distributing food to those in need are welcome to join.

Our Mission

The Community Food Network will facilitate and support community-grown food sources and related distribution systems in order to increase access to locally grown, fresh produce and promote it's use through educational opportunities within the community.

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What We Do

The Community Food Network (CFN) is a planning group designed to support community gardens and food distribution resources.

Representatives from several local organizations host planning committee meetings to assist with garden coordination, distribution needs, resource development, marketing, volunteer recruitment, and educational planning. This group is open to anyone who is interested in helping.

Volunteers from local service groups help out each garden including MSU-E Master Gardeners, school groups, and youth service groups.

2014 Meeting Dates

The meetings for 2014 have been moved from the 1st Monday of each month to the Last Tuesday of each month beginning at 3:30pm!  All meetings will take place at the H.O. Steele Education Center unless otherwise noted in our calendar.


Community Gardens are managed by volunteers and the produce grown is donated to families in need.  Each garden distributes produce differently!  Larger gardens often take the veggies grown to 1-3 pantries in their area.  Smaller gardens often provide produce for the volunteers working in the garden.  This is one way, the Community Food Network helps people to help themselves!

Food Pantries

The Community Food Network partners with many food pantries to help distribute fresh produce, coordinate food drives, and promote educational resources available to families trying to eat healthy on a fixed budget.  Most food pantries rely on volunteers to keep the pantry open!  If you would like to volunteer at a pantry, but do not know where to start the Community Food Network will help you find a pantry that can use your help!

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Contact Information

Address Information
PO Box 87
Fenwick, MI 48834
Contact: Penny Beeman
Contact Title: Coordinator
Phone: 616-755-8050
Email: iccfoodnetwork@gmail.com
Check out our website to find a list of all the Community Gardens and Food Pantries who work with the Community Food Network.
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