MSU’s Center for Regional Food Systems


Organizational vision: A thriving economy, equity and sustainability for Michigan, the country and the planet through food systems rooted in local regions and centered on food that is healthy, green, fair and affordable.

The Western U.P. Food Systems Council received seed funding in December 2018 to support website development, initial meeting costs, purchasing local food from farms/businesses, meeting facilitation, and future meeting supplies.   

Michigan’s Regional Prosperity Initiative


The Regional Prosperity Initiative is a voluntary competitive grant process to encourage local private, public and non-profit partners to create vibrant regional economies. The Western U.P. Planning & Development Region prioritized organizational support of the local food system in their 2019 grant application to the state. This allocation supported meeting cost, staff time, and further program development.

Michigan Health Endowment Fund


Foundation Mission: To improve the health of Michigan residents, with special emphasis on the health and wellness of children and seniors, while reducing the cost of health care.

In 2018, several partners with the Western U.P. Food Systems Council worked to submit an application for the Community Health Impacts program. In April 2019, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community was awarded funds to promote intergenerational learning and access to healthy foods and medicines through the Debweyendan (“believe in it”) Indigenous Gardens (DIGs) initiative. DIGs aims to promote food sovereignty, strengthen wellbeing and cultural identity, and sustain knowledge for future generations. Throughout the 2019 summer and fall harvesting seasons, the Natural Resources Department will provide a gardening and harvesting workshop series. All ages are welcome to attend. Look for upcoming workshop dates on the calendar of events.

Individual Donations

Gratitude for our many generous donations of cash, supplies, food, gifts, and in-kind services by community members across our region.

These are the individual donors/supporters that help keep our coalition alive with their individual donations. We thank you all for your generosity! Some individuals have opted to remain private and anonymous. We respect their wishes and have not included their names on this list.

  • Stephanie Tubman - Hancock, MI

  • Benjamin Downer - Globe, AZ

  • Celine Carus - Houghton, MI