HEALTHY Muskegon

Healthy Eating and Access – Local Teams Helping Youth

The HEALTHY Muskegon program is committed to the goal of providing fresh, local, healthy food for everyone in our community. Through a re-granting program, network meetings, learning journeys, shared knowledge and experience, we work together with HEALTHY Muskegon to improve our community’s health. Take a look at our list of grant recipients to see what great work is going on in our community!

Community Foundation Awarded $315,000 Grant

[January 2016] - The Community Foundation for Muskegon County announced it has been awarded a grant of $315,000 from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund (MHEF) to support initiatives that will improve access to and consumption of healthy food for children and seniors in Muskegon, Oceana, Mason, and Manistee counties.

In Muskegon, this grant will continue and expand the efforts started through the W.K. Kellogg funded HEALTHY (Healthy Eating and Access – Local Teams Helping Youth) Muskegon initiative.

"We've seen huge growth in local food work in Muskegon," said Chris McGuigan, Foundation president/CEO. "This grant allows the Foundation to support established projects as well as new ideas, and will continue the networking activities that create the connections necessary for these projects – and for our community – to thrive."

Muskegon community access to these funds will be through a competitive grantmaking process that is open to nonprofit organizations including schools, governmental units, faith-based organizations and 501(c)3 nonprofits that serve residents of Muskegon County with a special emphasis on low-income children and seniors.  Grant applications must focus on producing significant impact on:

  1. Increasing access to healthy food for children and seniors in poverty
  2. Community or systems changes that strengthen the local food system in disadvantaged areas
  3. Economic growth around sustainable community-based food systems programs

The grant application opens January 15, 2016. Those interested in applying for funding are encouraged to attend a grant workshop on Thursday, January 21 at 3:30 p.m. in the Hilt Building, 427 W. Western Ave.

The grant deadline is March 1, 2016.  Applications will be reviewed by the HEALTHY Muskegon Community Advisory Council and awards will be announced on or before April 30, 2016.  

Complete application details are included in the RFP.  Download here.


Muskegon Food Hub Operation Study
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[July 2015] - A new study looking at ways to grow Muskegon and the west Michigan lakeshore regional food system has offered recommendations for a "food hub" that brings growers and buyers together in ways that maintain the food value chain from farm to customer and can increase the amount of healthy food in communities that lack grocery stores.

This study was conducted by Marty Gerencer, principal, Morse Marketing Connections, and Evan Smith, Cherry Capital Foods, guided by a community advisory council and a host of local, state and national local foods experts.  The project was funded by Consumers Energy and U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development and administered by the Community Foundation for Muskegon County. 

Click here to download the full study.

Want to stay connected?

Contact Mary ( or 231-332-4108) to get updated information about meetings and Learning Journeys, and to be added to the email list.  You can also connect with the HEALTHY Muskegon team on Facebook.  Stay tuned for information! 


More press about HEALTHY Muskegon:

Healthy Muskegon food initiative looks to ramp up efforts by creating regional Food Hub

Kellogg Foundation, Muskegon Community Foundation join to promote healthy eating locally

Muskegon Heights Students Celebrate Earth Day with Lessons from the Garden