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Heartside gleaning initiative

Heartside Gleaning Initiative

A Food Recovery and

Healthy Eating Education Program

Heartside gleaning initiative

To empower the Heartside community to become healthier through nutrition education and providing access to healthy food.


What is the need


  • Each year, well over 100 billion pounds of food are thrown away in this country.

  • Some estimates indicate that up to 40 percent of America’s entire food supply goes to waste.

    Meanwhile, in Heartside:

  • Approximately 80% of the population is food insecure;

  • And, 45% of the population lives below the poverty line with 76.1% of 18-64 year olds living in poverty.

What is the Need?



Improve access to healthy food in the Heartside neighborhood through gleaning


Provide education on healthier eating and preparing more nutritious meals

Actions and outcomes

A. Letters of Support

A. Suggestions for finding resources, collaboration, and volunteers

A. New members to join the Initiative

O. Increase the visibility of your group and members

O. Foster strong local community food systemsand support non-profits that serve those in need

Actions and Outcomes


Hgi members

Cora Arch – Resident Volunteer

Bruce Barresi – Resident Volunteer

Suzan Couzens – Calvin College Community Nurse

Emily Evers – Arena District

Sean Ferguson – Community Volunteer and Arena District

Melissa Harrington – Fulton Street Market

Crystal LeCoy – Downtown Market

Jon Moroney – Tiger Studios/Kendall College

Lisa Sisson – GVSU

Judy Tyner – Community Volunteer

Amy VanFossen – Spectrum Health Healthier Communities

Tommie Wallace – Resident Volunteer

HGI Members

See http://heartsidegleaning.weebly.com/for more information or to comment via webform