Heartside Gleaning Initiative (HGI) empowers Heartside and surrounding communities to become healthier through increased access to healthy foods and nutrition education. We do this by collecting excess produce from farmers’ markets and transporting it to the low-income neighborhood of Heartside for distribution to individuals, food pantries and free or low-cost meal programs.
Where is the Heartside Neighborhood?
The Heartside community encompasses one of the central districts in the downtown Grand Rapids area. Stretching east for several blocks along the Grand River from Wealthy St. to Fulton St., Heartside contains a diverse collection of parks, residencies, businesses, mixed-use buildings, and commercial and industrial space. Of the 2000+ Heartside neighborhood residents, 51% are below the poverty line, 34% receive Food Stamps/SNAP benefits, 25% are unemployed, and the median household income is a mere $13,495. USDA designates this neighborhood as a low-income, low access food desert.
We are fortunate to have a diverse group of individuals working on this initiative. Individuals in the academic community, non-profit advocacy groups, community members, and concerned citizens have come together to create a successful initiative. As we formalize the organization, we will include direct contact information and "thank yous" to our volunteers and partners. In the meantime, please use our contact form to connect with us.
Several individuals and organizations have offered their support in our mission. The following are a few of the supporters involved in the Initiative: