Blue Plate Project helps low-income people eat right on a budget.
We partner with the community to deliver CSA shares to families in need. (CSA shares are local farm memberships.) In the past, this program operated under the name of the Help Others Eat Well Fund, and was part of Bluestem Farm. In the summer of 2017, with combined support from generous individuals, the Charlevoix County Community Foundation, and Industrial Magnetics, Inc. we raised enough funds to give away 10 CSA shares to families in need.
Are we a non-profit organization?
Who do we partner with?
Anyone who wants to help. First and foremost, we have an ally in the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, a wonderful, flexible, and good organization that has been willing to partner with us to make this important initiative happen, even though it was new and unconventional. To date, our list of fundraising partners includes other local businesses large and small, a church, an indie band, a yoga teacher, and a host of too-generous individuals.
How does the program work?
Nurses and social workers and clinicians from the Health Department of Northwest Michigan identify people whose needs aren't being met by things like federal aid programs. and point them to us. Then Bluestem Farm grows a bunch of extra food, and Blue Plate Project raises money to give that food away to people who need it.