Walk for Good Food Press Release

Alaina Dobkowski
616-747-0988, alaina@accessofwestmichigan.org

Access Walk for Good Food Remains Remote, Invests in Good Food for All

Birds are singing, flowers are blooming, and the Access Walk for Good Food is just around the corner. As of last year, we’ve adapted the Walk in accordance with safety precautions related to
COVID-19. Instead of bringing together over 700 walkers in one day, we will be asking people to walk in their own neighborhoods anytime between May 2 and 12.  
Last year, our first remote Walk was an immense success. Though COVID-19 continues, we find great purpose in continuing a historic event that carries such rich meaning in our community. In the face of injustice, walks of solidarity and intention have been grassroots means by which people have historically shown they support a cause dear to their heart. This is why we ask our community to walk.
We believe in a Good Food System, with abundant access to food that nourishes, creates
connection, and supports thriving local economies and opportunity for all.  

We are thankful for our title sponsors, SpartanNash and Andy J. Egan Company Inc., along with many others who are supporting this year’s Walk for Good Food. The Walk is one of the best ways to invest in long term impact and food justice in our community. As we move forward from the impact of COVID-19 on our community it is more important than ever to support organizations working to provide healthy, fair, green, and affordable food to those who need it the most.

By walking, teams and individuals are able to raise funds for non-profit organizations doing crucial work in our community. Over the course of 43 years, the Walk has raised more than $6 million for dozens of
local and international non-profits. This year, the Walk will fund 14 organizations working towards a
good food system. The work of these organizations ranges from community gardening and neighborhood-based fresh markets to meal delivery programs and community development initiatives.

This year’s Walk for Good Food will remain remote. This means households are encouraged to walk in
their neighborhoods. You can do your walk anytime between May 2 and May 12. Follow along via
Access’ social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) using #Walk4GoodFood. Participants will
receive an individual fundraising page that can be used to collect donations. Those not interested in
walking can still create a fundraising page. For those not interested in online fundraising, donations can
be sent to:

Access of West Michigan
1700 28th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508

The Walk is a way to bring together community members to highlight and support local organizations
addressing food security and injustice. We invite you to walk and support a thriving food system for all
that is healthy, green, fair, and affordable.

Learn more, register, or make a donation at http://accessofwestmichigan.org/walk/ or text “WFGF” to