HGI in the News
2/25/2019 Andy Egan Co. Heartside Gleaning Initiative was awarded the first $10,000 donation in Andy Egan Co.'s community giveaway. Andy Egan Go. is celebrating its Centennial Anniversary by making ten $10,000 donations to local non-profit organizations. Full article.
Spring 2018 Public Philosophy Journal The journal's first issue features an article collaboratively written by Danielle Lake, Anne Marie Fauvel, and Lisa Sisson which showcases public philosophy at work in a project aimed at addressing food ethics injustices in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Full article.
12/4/2017 Grand Valley Lanthorn Congratulations to HGI's graduate assistant, Brooke Heidenga, and GVSU Hospitality and Tourism Management Department graduate assistant, Collin Jonkman, on winning the best poster presentation at the Grand Valley State University Laker Effect Challenge. Brooke and Collin's poster, titled the "Heartside Gleaning Initiative Cookbook Printing Project," showed how they've created a cookbook filled with healthy, produce-based recipes. Full article.
10/7/17 The Grand Rapids Press The ArtPrize Nine jurors - each of them experts in art - went for a neighborhood picnic in awarding the $200,000 juried grand prize for ArtPrize Nine. "Heartside Community Meal," an outdoor meal for 250 guests in Heartside Park on Sept. 23, was entered by Seitu Jones, a Saint Paul, Minnesota, artist who teaches urban food systems at the University of Minnesota. Full article.
6/15/17 RapidGrowth Media This feature story goes in depth about what the Heartside Gleaning Initiative is, how it was started, and how its helping community members in the Heartside district in downtown Grand Rapids. Full story.
4/4/17 The Rapidian This article introduces readers to the efforts being made of the Heartside Gleaning Initiative and its impact on the Grand Rapids community, and how you can get involved in our upcoming events. Click here for the full story.
4/3/17 CCPS Community Connections, a monthly conversation with guests from GVSU's College of Community and Public Service (CCPS). On April 3rd, the topic was about the Engaged Department Initiative being implemented in departments throughout GVSU. Shelly Irwin interviewed Lisa Sisson, HGI's President and the Assistant Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Click here for the full interview
4/4/2016 CCPS Community Connections, a monthly conversation with guests from GVSU's College of Community and Public Service (CCPS). On April 4th the topic was the Heartside Gleaning Initative. Shelly Irwin interviewed Lisa Sisson, HGI's President and the Assistant Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Click here for the full interview.
3/23/2016 GVSU's 5x5 Competition HGI's President, Lisa Sisson, presented at the competition, won and received $5,000 for the organization. She competed against four other GVSU teams at the Eberhard Center.
Click here for an article about HGI's win and the overall competition.
In addition, watch a five minute video of the full presentation below:
12/2015 Every meal matters: A guide for hunger relief charities A publication compiled by Amy VanFossen, RD as part of Spectrum Health's Healthier Communities, Heartside Nutrition Project. The publication highlights HGI's efforts in the third case study titled Gleaning Food Contributes to the Health of a Community.
9/14/2015 Support local food: A conversation on access, growing, and the local food economy A panel discussion hosted by Urban Roots at the Wealthy Theatre. Tommie Wallace, a HGI Board Member and local resident in need of accessible, healthy food, was a panel member at the community forum. A video of the full panel discussion and an article on the local event can be accessed below.
7/8/2016 International Critical Management Conference - Is there an alternative?: Management after critique HGI's President, Lisa Sisson, and GVSU's Danielle Lake and Anne Marie Fauvel presented the topic Working with: A collaboration and participatory food recovery program and the pedagogies that support it at the international conference hosted by the University of Leicester.
5/28/2015 Should US follow France's lead on food donations TV Wood 8 interviewed HGI's President, Lisa Sisson, and published an article on the work HGI and other organizations are currently doing to fight food waste and health conditions within our local communities. Both the video and article can be found here.
5/19/2015 Outdoor Farmers Market Works to Increase Neighborhood Accessibility to Fresh Produce by The Rapidian. This article highlights the amazing partnerships between the Downtown Market, local vendors and HGI.
1/30/2015 Community as Classroom Partnership Showcase 2015
The showcase provided a lively forum for exchanging ideas and engaging in conversation with a diverse array of community partners and Grand Valley faculty, staff, and students who are actively involved in community-based projects. HGI presented their current community-based teaching and research initiatives to the attendees. Below find the links to a video of the overall showcase, summary of all the showcase participants, and HGI's poster for the showcase.
7/5/2014 We seem to be hitting our stride now that we have a few weeks under our belt. We are averaging between 500 and 700 lbs of food from our collections at both markets. Next update will include a list of all those you have been generously giving to those in need.
6/7/2014 We had our first collection today! It was an incredible success with so many generous farmers at the Fulton Street and Downtown markets giving so much. We collected 130 lbs of food and brought it over to Degage Ministries to support their mission.
4/22/2014 Two of our members presented to the Downtown Market today. Pamphlets were passed out with our information and contact forms. We hope that this will be a successful partnership. Many thanks to the Market Board, Michele, and Claire for the opportunity.
4/12/2014 We held a competition for our new logo! The winner was Jeffrey Rosely, a Heartside resident and artist working with the Heartside Ministries Studio. We are so happy for his visual interpretation of our mission. The logo will be part of the core materials we present in print and digital media. Jeffrey was awarded $25 in tokens donated by the Fulton Street Farmers Market and bus tickets for transportation by two of HGI's members, Suzan Couzens and Lisa Sisson.
2/27/2014 Presentation of HGI to the Heartside Business Association
2/26/2014 Information Pamphlets available for distribution
2/26/2014 Information Pamphlets available for distribution