Community enCompass McLaughlin Grows Urban Farm has launched a new initiative call Muskegon Prescribes Food for Health providing low income residents with locally grown produce coupled with nutrition and cooking education. According to the USDA website, “Food Desert Locator”, nearly all of the City of Muskegon qualifies as food desert. A food desert is defined as an area without access to fresh fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious whole foods. Participation in the program is prescribed by medical providers at Hackley Community Care, a neighborhood health clinic. The goals of Muskegon Prescribes Food for Health are to increase food through local farms, increase participants’ knowledge of cooking and nutrition, and create lasting, sustainable, positive change in the behavior of the participants and the medical community.
The Osteopathic Foundation of West Michigan was honored to award Community enCompass a grant for $10,000. Muskegon Prescribes Food for Health fulfills the Foundation’s goal of providing lasting resources that inspire Lakeshore residents to live healthier lives. The funds will be used to grow additional vegetables at the McLaughlin Grows Urban Farm and will be distributed to participants of the Muskegon Prescribes Food for Health program. The grant will also help to expand the garden to a site located at Nims School. Please click here to find out for more information about Community enCompass.