Local Farm Relief Effort

You can help farmers and families weather this crisis!

Families and farmers in West Michigan are facing economic challenges of historic scale during the COVID-19 crisis. Resource-strapped families are turning to food pantries, which are faced with an explosion of demand. Local farmers are struggling to sell their crops with schools closed, restaurants operating on a limited basis, and farmers markets operating under new guidelines to ensure the safety of shoppers and the products they purchase.

The following West Michigan organizations have teamed up to create the Local Farm Relief Effort:

Through the local Farm Relief Effort, and the help of Lakeshore Food Rescue, food will be purchased directly from farms and distributed through local pantries to those who need food.

Your financial gift will provide farmers and families throughout Ottawa and Northern Allegan Counties with the urgent help they need. Local food purchases keep small farms financially stable while providing fresh, healthy produce to food-insecure residents of our community. These purchases also keep dollars in our region and build ongoing relationships between local farmers and pantries.

The goal of the Local Farm Relief Effort is to raise $40,000, all of which will go directly to purchasing and distributing food.

How to Donate

You can donate online by clicking here, or by mailing a check made out to Harvest Stand Ministries (add “Local Farm Relief Effort” in the memo) to 100 South Pine St, Suite 100, Zeeland, MI 49464. Harvest Stand Ministries is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, so your donation is tax deductible. Thank you for helping us ensure that our community stays strong during this crisis.

Where Your Money Goes

For every $100 spent, $96 goes toward buying food and $4 goes toward distribution (handled entirely by Lakeshore Food Rescue).

How Your Donation Will Have a Domino Effect of Positive Impact
Donate

Give a gift to the Local Farm Relief Effort to help us meet our goal of raising $40,000.

Food Pantries

New and existing relationships with small farms allow pantries to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables in bulk and distribute them to families in need of food assistance.

Local Farmers

These bulk purchases provide economic relief to farmers whose typical customers—schools, restaurants, and farmers markets—are closed or operating on a limited basis.

Local Families

Families who are facing financial hardship due to the crisis can access fresh, local healthy food.

Community

Our community and local food network are strengthened.

Questions? Please contact Madelyn at madelyn@harveststand.org or 616.748.6003 ext. 4.