Grand Valley State University Women's Center
Farmer's Market Initiative
Throughout spring/summer semester 2011, the Student Food Pantry is partnering with the on-campus Farmer's Market to bring fresh produce to student food pantry clients. The partnership will rely primarily on a voucher system. Students may pick up vouchers at the Women's Center and then shop the Farmer's Market with the vouchers. This initiative helps support local food systems while also promoting sustainability on campus. This program is additionally supported by Women and Gender Studies, Health and Wellness, and Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies.
FARMER'S MARKET SCHEDULE & LOCATION
Dates: Wednesdays, June 8 - September 28 (no market on Aug. 31)
Time: 10:30am - 1:30pm
Location: Parking Lot F, Allendale Campus
For more information on the market, please access the GVSU Health & Wellness website.
Stop by the Women's Center anytime during our business hours (Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm) and ask for vouchers. You will be given (2) $5 vouchers to shop the market (or more if you have a family). Farmers cannot give change for the vouchers, so you will have to spend the entire $5 voucher at one stand. Since you have 2 vouchers however, you can choose 2 different stands to shop at.
If you are unable to attend market, we will also have donated produce available at the Women's Center. This will occur EVERY OTHER market starting on June 8. The produce will be available after the market (around 1:30pm or so on Wednesdays) through Friday of that same week. There are a few options for how the produce will be donated. Farmers can opt to donate their leftover produce or faculty/staff are invited to shop the market and donate the items to the pantry. We cannot guarantee the availability or quantity of donated items and it will likely fluctuate. Produce will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.
There are three ways that faculty and staff can offer support:
1. Donate money to purchase vouchers for student food pantry clients (please specify on your donation that it is for the voucher program). Donations may be sent to the Women's Center, KC 1201.
2. Shop the on-campus farmer's market Wednesdays staring June 8, buy a few extra items, and donate them to the Student Food Pantry. Please note that items will only be collected two markets per month starting with the first market on the 8th.
3. Volunteer to assist with collecting donated food items and delivering them to the Women's Center. Please contact Kay Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org or Julia Mason at email@example.com for more information on volunteering.
For questions related to this program, please contact Kim Waslawski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616.331.2748.
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