Muskegon Food Hub Pilot Is Step Toward Cross-lake Agriculture Shipping

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Muskegon Food Hub Pilot Is Step Toward Cross-lake Agriculture Shipping

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PHOTO CREDIT: www.mlive.com | Director of Corporate Giving with Consumers Energy Carolyn Bloodworth, Marty Gerencer, and Chris McGuigan pose with the big check at the Muskegon Food Hub Pilot Launch at the Frauenthal Center on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in Muskegon, Mich. (Kaytie Boomer | MLive.com)

PHOTO CREDIT: www.mlive.com | Director of Corporate Giving with Consumers Energy Carolyn Bloodworth, Marty Gerencer, and Chris McGuigan pose with the big check at the Muskegon Food Hub Pilot Launch at the Frauenthal Center on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in Muskegon, Mich. (Kaytie Boomer | MLive.com)

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The Consumers Energy Foundation is kick-starting plans in Muskegon, Mich., for a food hub that uses rail, highways and the Muskegon Lake deep water port. The Muskegon Food Hub pilot was launched on Tuesday, May 2. The Consumers Energy Foundation provided a $40,000 grant to support the project, which was presented Tuesday.

The local business-to-business hub will be hosted at the Muskegon Farmers Market on Tuesdays to allow local schools, hospitals, restaurants and others to easily purchase large quantities of locally grown food. It will start small with a limit of five farmers and five customers. So far, four farmers are involved, and customers are AgeWell Services for Meals on Wheels, Kids Food Basket, Muskegon Public Schools, Whitehall District Schools and Montague Area Public Schools. Organizers anticipate that farmers and customers will be lining up to get involved.

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