2021 Muskegon CROP Walk Recipient Agencies
Each year, twenty-five percent of the funds raised through Muskegon’s CROP Walk to End Hunger are distributed to local agencies working to combat hunger in Muskegon County. This year's recipient agencies are:
Mission for Area People (MAP) Healthy Food Pantry
MAP provides healthy food to approximately 2000 individuals per year. Our food pantry offers a variety of proteins, vegetables, and grains from which individuals choose what they need. We also have gluten-free options for those who suffer from Celiac Disease, and personal care and infant items. The pantry is funded by a combination of food donations, grants, and individual financial contributions. In partnership with MSU Extension Services, MAP offers Cooking Matters classes to community members, teaching healthy meal planning and cooking on a budget.
Additional MAP services and support include medical services, a clothing pantry, the ALICE fund (Asset, limited, income, constrained, employed) for transportation assistance, CERA funds (government funds) for landlords and tenants affective by the COVID 19 pandemic, FEET & SEAT (socks and underwear) for back-to-school students ages pre-k thru 12th grade, Teen Town Christmas (gifts for teens ages 15 to 18), Thanksgiving baskets for 100 families, and household and personal care items
Phone: (231) 733-9672 Fax: (231) 733-8241
Saturday Breakfast Garden at First Congregational Church
When the Covid 19 Pandemic forced the shutdown of the 17-year-old Saturday Breakfast, the church and neighborhood decided to expand the Garden across the street from church. In the summer of 2021 there are more beds, more plants, and more people learning how to produce food and how to share it with their neighbors. The addition of raised beds in collaboration with Boy Scouts and the Disability Connection adds accessibility and inclusion of vulnerable neighbors in gardening.
Muskegon CROP Hunger Walk will allow expansion of the educational programming at the Saturday Breakfast Garden and allow us to continue addressing the need for healthy food in the "food desert" of downtown Muskegon.
1201 Jefferson Street, Muskegon, MI 49441
Phone: (231) 726-3254
Community enCompass McLaughlin Grows Urban Farm
Community enCompass’ vision is to make a restorative, transformative impact in serving the core-city neighborhoods of Muskegon. Our name—Community enCompass—reflects our strong commitment to working WITH our neighbors in mutuality and partnership, while at the same time reflecting the idea that the organization encompasses various programs and partners in its efforts.
Our McLaughlin Grows Urban Farm McLaughlin Grows exists to provide food education to the community, to stand as a consistent, walk-able, food access resource, and to become a pillar of beauty for neighbors. Every Wednesday afternoon, the gates to the farm are swung wide open, welcoming neighbors to purchase the home grown produce. One of the regulars is a woman who drops in every week to stock up on her fresh produce so she can share it with friends. Drivers pull their cars into the gravel lot to pick up their weekly CSA shares, going home with a bag full of aromatic freshly picked produce.
Other Community enCompass programs include housing (EACH Project, Bethany Housing, Homeless Prevention), SNAP Benefits, Food for Health (MPHF), youth (YEP! - Youth Empowerment Project), and neighboring (Sacred Suds, Outreach).
289 E Larch, Muskegon, MI 49442
Phone: (231) 728-3117 Fax: (231) 722-1842