MEMBER SPOTLIGHT – Manistee Community Kitchen

We at the Michigan Rural Network hope everyone had a safe and relaxing 4th of July. This week’s Member Spotlight is on the Manistee Community Kitchen.

The Manistee Community Kitchen is a nonprofit that serves Manistee County. They engage low-income residents through a variety of programs to help end hunger and obesity in the county.

While Michigan is the second most diverse agricultural producer in the country and agriculture is the second largest industry in the state, hunger is an issue in rural communities where most of these products come from.

The Manistee Community Kitchen works to help both produce locally grown food to feed Manistee County and also to educate the residents how to use it.

The nonprofit helps coordinate and support Community Gardens to produce locally grown food. They also coordinate a Row for Hunger program, where residents commit to contributing part of their garden’s yield to the county’s network of food pantries.

In addition to working to supply the area with fresh fruits and vegetables, the Community Kitchen hosts Cooking Matters for Adults, a 6 week program that teaches adults about nutrition and how to incorporate healthy foods into their meals on a budget. They also engage high school students to start healthier lifestyles sooner.

For more information about this organization, visit  If you are interested in food access and fighting rural hunger, please contact Charlie Kelley at 517-775-1312 or