Michigan Good Food Fund Awards $100,000 to 10 Michigan Food Enterprises

The Michigan Good Food Fund, a statewide loan program that works to increase access to healthy food and ignite economic development in communities most in need, has awarded $10,000 to 10 food enterprises across Michigan. The awarded businesses hail from Detroit, Flint, Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Grand Rapids, Benton Harbor and Traverse City.

Designed to help entrepreneurs take their business to the next level, the Catalytic Investment Awards have several purposes, including infrastructure investments, capital expenditures and pre-development.

A partnership by Capital Impact Partners, the Fair Food Network, the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation launched the fund in June 2015. It has invested more than $11 million in 28 Michigan food businesses. Those investments have supported or created more than 420 jobs.

The Catalytic Investment Awards winners include:

Baobab Fare, Detroit – an East African restaurant, market, juice and coffee bar.

Guerrilla Food, Detroit – host of weekly farm-to-table dinners and more.

MaMang, Flint – serving Vietnamese comfort food.

Fresh Corner Café, Detroit – caterer and distributor.

Mighty Fine Poultry Processing LLC, Ann Arbor  – an urban meat-processing facility.

Sweet Potato Delights, Detroit – veteran-owned and making artisan sweet potato-based hummus and baked goods.

The COGIC Community Center Forward Center for Healing and Cultural Advancement, Battle Creek  – a people-centered, grassroots organization working to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables via a community garden and community engagement.

Malamiah Juice Bar, Grand Rapids – with a mission to increase healthy living and elevate community wellness through its ingredients.

The Mason Jar Café, Benton Harbor  – a farm-to-table breakfast and lunch restaurant.

The Redheads, Traverse City – manufacturing plant-based foods like pesto, hummus, and black bean and veggie burgers.

“These 10 awards are supporting businesses that are increasing healthy food access and sparking job creation across the state, from farm to fork,” said Mary Donnell, program manager of the Michigan Good Food Fund. “In addition, they are supporting female entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of color, a core part of our mission.”

For more information, visit MIGoodFoodFund.org.

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