Current Initiatives

Pick for Pantries

We are striving to create localized solutions to hunger in Ottawa County!

Pick for Pantries encourages all community members to pick and purchase fruit at local U-Pick Farms. All fruit picked and purchased is donated to families in need through food pantries and food clubs.

This program is a great way to support local farmers and local food insecure families. Ottawa Food will release dates, times, and locations of participating U-Pick farms in mid-June. Contact us for more information!

Bowerman Blueberries
15793 James St, Holland, MI
9am – 8pm
July 21, 23, 28 & 30 | August 4, 6, 11, 13, 18 & 20

Crossroads Blueberries
14500 Lake Michigan Dr, West Olive, MI
9am – 5pm
July 23 & 30 | August 6 & 13

Produce Donation

Visit the Grand Haven and/or Holland Farmers Market to participate in Produce Donation!

Market shoppers get a free Ottawa Food tote bag from the food pantry booth. Shoppers then purchase healthy fruits and vegetables from farmers market vendors, bring the produce back to the booth and all the produce gets donated to families in need. This program supports local growers and food insecure families.

Participating pantries are Love In Action, Harvest Stand Ministries, Salvation Army – Holland, and Community Action House. Find the Ottawa Food booth at the market:

Holland Farmer’s Market
Every Wednesday
June 1 – September 28

Grand Haven Farmer’s Market
2nd and 4th Wednesdays
June 8 & 22 | July 13 & 27 | August 10 & 24 | September 14 & 28

Produce Rescue

Every Saturday, Ottawa Food members glean produce from farmers market vendors. This means, any produce that did not get sold at the market, and will not last until the next market day, can be given to feed families in need.

Participating pantries provide a tax receipt to farmers that choose to freely give their left-over produce to hungry families. Participating pantries are Love in Action (Grand Haven) and Community Action House (Holland). This occurs at the end of the market every Saturday.

This effort is part of Ottawa Food’s mission to reduce food waste, increase low-income families’ access to healthy foods, and connect local farmers and food pantries.

Senior Project Fresh

In collaboration with State funding and Senior Resources, Ottawa Food provides 300 low-income seniors with $25 to spend at the farmers market nearest them.

This is part of our effort to increase senior’s access to healthy fruits and vegetables. We are providing in-person nutrition education to participating seniors in collaboration with Michigan State University Extension (MSUE). We also provide seniors with identified needed cooking supplies to encourage healthy cooking

Real Food Can Connect Us

Ottawa Food is partnering with Intersection Ministries and Empowering Youth Global Concepts to provide a free cultural cooking class and free meal on the first Saturday morning of the month!

We spotlight a new country every month, inviting a person from that country to teach us all how to make cultural dishes. We play games from the country spotlighted and come together to build cross-cultural relationships, learn about cooking, increase cultural intelligence, and enjoy new, healthy foods! Ottawa Food strives to celebrate local diversity through healthy foods and foster connection.

For specific event information please email sschuetz@miottawa.org.