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GETTING READY FOR THE HUNGER GAMES.

Practice for Poverty: Hunger Games

In Manistee, students go from classroom to grocery store and then into the kitchen to cook a meal they've purchased for very little money. 

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How to Build an Equitable Food System: Lessons from Battle Creek

Good Food Battle Creek wants to improve access to healthy food by bringing residents, growers, nonprofits, and other concerned folks together to address challenges in the local food system. 

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Winona Bynum

Winona Bynum, youth and nutrition programs manager at Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan, likens her work in the nonprofit sector to her past work in IT project management. Similar to technology projects, human service programs – like the children’s feeding programs she oversees – need stakeholder input and strong collaborations to be successful. 

Kwamena Mensa

Kwamena Mensah

Community organizer, farmer, teacher and change maker are among the hats worn by Kwamena Mensah, agriculture specialist and consultant with Detroit Black Community Food Security Network. As a pioneer in the urban agriculture movement, he has played a huge role in the reform of Detroit’s food system. 

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Colleen Matts

Colleen Matts, farm to institution specialist at the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems, has seen kids become great farm to school ambassadors, taking their parents by the hand, sharing their knowhow about the value of locally grown food, and even telling parents where to purchase it. Matts sees kids leading the farm to school cause -- just as much as she is. 

Leah Kelley

Leah Kelley

With collaboration and positive social change in the driver’s seat, Leah Kelley of Allen Neighborhood Center in Lansing is motivating youth to think more about their role in creating positive shifts in community health. She leads the center’s Youth Service Corps, which engages community youth in food access projects through hands-on work and learning activities. 
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Kids Nurture Detroit Gardens

The productive green space is part of the Detroit School Garden Collaborative, a partnership between the Detroit Public Schools and the Greening of Detroit. Amy Kuras eagerly looks forward to planting season in this report. 

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Flint River Farms Educates City Kids About Farming

Flint River Farm grows vegetables, fruits and herbs on a Flint city block that used to house burned-out homes and vacant lots.

Bryan Laher and Shaquille Brown at the Community Kitchen

Career Education in the Kitchen

At Ann Arbor's Food Gatherers, feeding the hungry is only part of the equation. Preparing at-risk young adults for careers in the food industry is another. 

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Creating Change In Michigan's Food Systems

How is Michigan doing in creating systemic change around food access, nutrition, and sustainability for low-income children and families? 

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Brown-Bagging an End to Hunger

From 125 meals in 2003 to today's 5,100, Kids' Food Basket has grown into one of the brightest and most recognizable nonprofits in Grand Rapids.

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Dino's: Feeding Fans And School Kids Alike

Dino's restaurant has been a beloved Ferndale fixture for over a decade. When the recession hit, owner Dean 'Dino' Bach started catering to keep his employees working and, unexpectedly, discovered a whole new business opportunity: providing healthy lunches to school kids.
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