New Era Farmers Market receives $30,000 grant

October 6, 2023

Trinity Health Muskegon Program Implementation Coordinator Michael C. Ramsey presents the check to New Era Farmers Market Manager Sandy Whitaker.

New Era Farmers Market receives $30,000 grant

NEW ERA — The New Era Farmers Market received a check for $30,000 from Trinity Health this week.

Trinity Health Muskegon Program Implementation Coordinator Michael C. Ramsey presented the check to New Era Farmers Market Manager Sandy Whitaker at the New Era Christian Reformed Church Tuesday, Oct. 3.
The grant, which will provide $10,000 a year for the next three years, will provide funding for “Growing Health in Oceana County.” Grant funds will also help to ensure that the programs providing tokens for free produce for seniors and kids will continue for the next three years.
“We will have funding to maintain, and if needed, expand the community garden,” said Whitaker. “Also, in collaboration with MSU Extension be able to offer MI Fresh cooking shows during the market season and the rest of the year and offer Eat Healthy Be Active classes as a series of six-week classes two hours in length. Classes will feature take home kits to prepare the featured recipe at home. We will be seeking other sponsors to ensure that the take home kits can continue to be given to each class participant. You can help by contributing as either a friend of the market or as a business donor. Goals for 2024 are to increase the number of vendors at our markets and to provide increased focus on the wellbeing of kids by providing educational activities, fitness and recreational programs.”
Contact Whitaker for more information about becoming a donor or volunteering at the markets at shoppnqueen@hotmail.com or call New Era Christian Reformed Church at (231) 861-5554.

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