Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-9, which temporarily closes theaters, bars, and casinos, and limits restaurants to carry-out and delivery orders. We want to thank and support or local restaurants during this time, but acknowledge that many restaurants and restaurant workers are in challenging financial situations.
While all food service businesses are feeling the effects of social distancing, restaurant service workers are now often without any income. The Restaurant Opportunity Center (ROC) United has aggregated relevant resources for Michigan COVID-19 Support for restaurant workers.
The Restaurant Opportunity Center of Michigan, in association with the Allen Neighborhood Center, is helping to provide for emergency needs. They are collecting donations and have a form for restaurant workers in need to connect with their organization.
We know that about 40% of the food in the USA ends up becoming waste before it ever reaches our tables. What are we doing in the Greater Lansing area to divert food waste - and what else could we do? This report, created by students in the the MSU Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Minor, is a preliminary report of ways we are already tackling the problem, and suggests some ways we could do even more to make the most of our food.
In April 2019, the CAFC surveyed several communities in the Lansing area to better understand people's food access and interests. We especially wanted to hear from communities that are experiencing greater food insecurity so we could better understand the gaps and the valuable resources in the current Lansing Area food system.
While a digital version of the survey was available, many of the people were interviewed informally to help overcome language or technology barriers. We thank those who participated in the survey and the affiliate organizations for helping is to gather this information.
A link to the summary of the results is available - you can also download the presentation by clicking on the image above.