When the last grocery store moved out of the downtown area of Muskegon, we were left with a food desert. Many people in the Nelson, Angell and McLaughlin neighborhoods are without transportation, so access to fresh fruit and vegetables has become difficult.  The result of this has been an increase of chronic disease, such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. A new program called Muskegon Prescribes Food for Health is being offered to help these folks turn their health around.

Doctors from Hackley Community Care refer patients to the program that Community enCompass is coordinating with other partner organizations. Participants will receive vouchers for fresh produce at McLaughlin Grows Urban Farm for 12 weeks of fresh food, paired with Cooking & Nutritional classes to help put them on a path towards a healthier life.

Download the program implementation guide to learn more.

If you are interested in more information, call Hackley Community Care at 231-733-6800.