Produce for Pantries is an innovative pilot program designed in consultation with 260 local food pantries statewide to enhance the existing services offered by pantry and community action agency volunteers and staff. The program is designed to decrease hunger and improve health by encouraging and equipping emergency food recipients to eat more fruits and vegetables. Participating organizations receive: “They Learn from Watching You” social marketing materials; onsite taste tests of featured produce by a pair of professional nutrition educators; simple, healthy, and visually-appealing recipes for fruits and vegetables distributed onsite; and meaningful feedback on program outcomes.

In 2016, MFF is offering an interactive, evidence-based mobile-phone recipe app to participants at a subset of participating pantries. App users may access vegetable-based recipes and food-use tips (VeggieBooks) as well as illustrated, practical, no-cost ideas for managing food and mealtimes for happier and healthier eating (SecretsBooks). All content can be customized to suit users’ needs and interests.

For resources on integrating Michigan Harvest of the Month™ into your community, visit the MiHOTM resources page.