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PHOTO RELEASE: MDARD Deputy Director Kathy Angerer Tours Flint Fresh, Flint Farmers Market and Flint Food Works

FLINT, Michigan Today, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Deputy Director Kathy Angerer was in Flint to tour several locations, including local food hubs, the Flint Farmers' Market, and Flint Food Works. These organizations work together to ensure that residents of Flint have access to fresh and nutritious produce.

"The foundation of food and agriculture is deeply rooted in bringing communities and families together," said Deputy Director Kathy Angerer. "Michiganders are increasingly interested in understanding where the food comes from and how it's made. The incredible work happening in Flint is an example of how entities can come together to support Michiganders as they gain access to fresh and nutritious produce. Governor Whitmer's bipartisan budget supports our growing food and agriculture sector and funds the successful Double-Up Food Bucks program. This administration is taking actions that remove barriers and address the kitchen-table issues that so many Michiganders face daily."  

Governor Whitmer s Make it in Michigan budget has a strong focus on ensuring Michiganders can access the care they need. This budget includes $4.9 million over two years for Double-Up Food Bucks, boosting access to fresh fruits and vegetables for Michiganders on food assistance. The Flint Farmers Market participates in the Double-Up Food Bucks program. 

The Flint Farmers' Market is a year-round public market that is a vibrant destination for fresh produce, locally baked goods, and more. Founded in 1921 by local women from a neighborhood Improvement Club, the Farmers' Market stands on its original site, offering shoppers a unique experience featuring farm-fresh fruits and vegetables grown in the area using sustainable methods. 

Flint Food Works is a unique venture in Genesee County with the goal of providing a facility for food-based businesses to establish a product, perfect their recipe, and develop a business model that will help them grow. As a culinary business incubator our mission is to help entrepreneurs get off the ground floor and literally take a product from the field to the market. For Flint to continue its progress towards becoming a diverse, exciting and prosperous place to live we need local businesses to thrive and local entrepreneurs to bring their passion to our community.

Flint Food Works is in the Flint Farmers' Market. The newly renovated facility, in the heart of downtown Flint, houses more than 50 year-round vendors in the main market building and an additional 20+ vendors in the outdoor pavilion during the growing season. The Market has become a hub of entrepreneurial spirit for Flint.

Flint Fresh operates the Food Hub, which houses all its programs, whose focus is to provide healthy fruits and vegetables to Flint and Genesee County residents. Flint Fresh also operate a mobile market that goes into neighborhoods and delivers veggie boxes to those in needed. Additionally, they participate in a Prescriptions for Health Program, which allows for Flint residents to receive a prescription for fresh fruits and vegetables.

Throughout 2023, MDARD will meet with Michigan's food and agricultural businesses to discuss how they can continue to succeed and how the department can best assist their continuous growth and expansion.