Muskegon Y serving 200 free healthy food kits to local residents

MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI — The Muskegon YMCA is partnering with several local organizations this week to provide healthy food kits and nutritious recipes to residents in Muskegon County.

The event kicks off on Thursday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at The Us Cafe, 2300 Maffett St. in Muskegon Heights. A total of 200 food kits will be available for individuals and families on a first-come, first-served basis.

This year marks the first time the Muskegon Y has joined with AgeWell Services of West Michigan, The Us Cafe and Overcoming Barriers, Inc. to distribute free food kits ahead of Thanksgiving.

“We are working to increase access for Muskegon area residents and provide them with the tools to create nutritious meals at home that the whole family will enjoy,” said Airn Pero, community engagement coordinator at Muskegon Y.

Each food kit includes a recipe to make a hearty beef and potato skillet with a couple of fresh vegetables as the side.

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Pero said funding for the Healthy Harvest Kits was made possible through the Michigan Department of Education and the USDA Local Food Purchase Cooperative Agreement Program.

She told MLive/Muskegon Chronicle that she hopes the Muskegon Y and the other participating organizations are able to provide the food kits annually.

“We hope that, through this initiative, individuals and families are able to incorporate more whole foods and gain valuable cooking experience,” she said.

Learn more about free programs at the Muskegon YMCA here.

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