Manistee County’s

“One Pantry”

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Manistee County Food Pantries Unite!!!

Life is about being a “bridge” for each other, connecting the community dots, and making a positive change wherever you live.  Passion is when you meet someone else’s need and solving the problems that are right in front of you.  Helping people is the key to happiness and your life’s work.  This is what this grant work is all about.

Hands in the Earth

Digging Up the Dirt

Planting the Future

Cultivating the Past

Imagine All of the People…

…Living Well.

“Today We wake and We go to work.  The Time is Now and the Place is Here.”— Anonymous

The Manistee Community Kitchen (MCK) is motivated to keep finding pieces to the healthy living “puzzle” with the addition of the new “One Pantry” program.  This program established a sustainable pantry network that shares resources and maximizes reach for the food insecure in Manistee County.  We are all in this together.  There were challenges in creating this new program along with carefully sustaining our existing programs but any meaningful work is worth doing and this work is what MCK believes in.   Other current programs, such as the Manistee Farmers Market and Community Gardens, are the reason MCK has been able to further its mission and finally open the Iron Works Café.  All of these programs are instrumental in moving forward and establishing MCK’s fourth program “One Pantry”.

Our hearts are full.   With the Café being established a few years back, there is now a physical MCK “home” and community food learning center to connect these dots between all the programs and articulate the mission of the organization and fulfill this grant work.  This is a real community “epicenter” for people to educate themselves about the local food systems and how they fit together and help push the MCK mission forward.  The mission has always been to increase access to healthy foods and work to end hunger in Manistee County. Our program roots and building blocks led to the evolution of adding the One Pantry program to further our mission

By leveraging new and old technology of society, the goals are to keep planting these opportunities for the future of ending hunger and eating healthier in Manistee County.  The best way to do that is by remembering the hard work of our ancestors and cultivate the nurturing and loving practices of the past.

Everyone is a light source.  Together we will let the light in and protect it by any means.  Together we will build a community based on restoration by using local food as medicine.

Love is where compassion prevails and kindness rules.

These seeds have been sown and this work continues…

One Life.  One Community. One Pantry.



This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Manistee County Community Foundation through the Live Well Manistee Collaborative Grant Program supported by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.