Food and Nutrition

The ENTF Food and Nutrition Committee meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 8:30-10:00. These meetings are open to anyone who seeks to participate in this conversation.

Leadership Team

  • Carola Carassa, FitKids 360 - Health Net of West Michigan
  • Karrie Brown, West Michigan Works!
  • Nancy Maiquez, YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids

The work of this committee is seeking to accomplish the goal:

All Kent County residents are food secure and have access to food that is nutritionally diverse.

 Progress towards this goal will be discussed at the monthly committee meeting and tracked on the Outcomes page of this site.

Near Star: Kent County residents understand and advocate for the tenets of the Good Food Charter: fair, green, affordable, and healthy food for all. Residents participate in the local food economy through investment, involvement, and increasing economic development as consumers, donors, educators, policy-makers, practitioners, entrepreneurs, decision makers, and advocates.

Guiding Star: All Kent County residents are food secure with access to fair, green, affordable, and healthy food (Good Food Charter) and participate in a culturally welcoming local food system that promotes justice, equity, affordability, and health. With a resident driven food system, the local economy is thriving and vibrant, interconnected to multiple sectors, and supported by smart and equitable policies.


  • Bridge Card & Double Up Food Bucks Markets: Lists farm markets accepting Bridge Cards and participating the the Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) Program.
  • Farm Markets & U-Pick: Lists 35 area farms and orchards most offering U-Pick value and farm family experience, many accept Bridge Cards and participate in the Double Up Food Bucks program.

Action Teams

Action teams formed out of the guiding and near star to move to work of the Coalition forward. Current action teams are:

  • Health
  • Education
  • Policy
  • Community Power
  • Noor's Heaven of West Michigan Services
  • Ridge Economic Agricultural Partners (REAP)
  • Urban Roots
  • The Pantry GR
  • Migrant Legal Aid
  • Plainsong Farm
  • Catherine's Health Center
  • Grand Rapids Food Co-op Initiative
  • Kent County Community Action
  • Health Net of West MI
  • Flat River Outreach Ministries
  • Fulton Street Farmer's Market
  • Calvin College Center for Social Research
  • Tater Tats
  • Catholic Charities West MI
  • Johnson Center GVSU
  • Streams of Hope
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Local First of West MI
  • Conversation Matters
  • Baxter Community Center
  • North Kent Connect
  • The Other Way Ministries
  • Health Network of West MI
  • Family Network of Wyoming
  • No Kid Hungry
  • Amway
  • YMCA
  • Area Agency on Aging
  • MSU-Extension Service
  • Feeding America West MI
  • Heart of West MI United Way
  • Revive and Thrive
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Department of Health and Justice
  • Fair Food Network/DUFB
  • Kent County Health Department
  • United Church Outreach Ministry (UCOM)
  • The Salvation Army Social Services
  • Senior Neighbors
  • Access of West MI
  • Community Food Club
  • Spectrum Health Healthier Communities
  • South End Community Outreach Ministries (SECOM)
  • MSU RN/BSN Students
  • Our Kitchen Table
  • Michigan Farmers Market Association
  • Heartside Nutrition Program
  • Metro Health Community Clinic
  • Kids' Food Basket
  • Kent ISD