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About Fair Food Matters

Fair Food Matters was founded in 2001 because the people of our community deserve information that helps us make good choices about how we feed ourselves. Today we are forging new community relationships as well as expanding our message and our programs. Click here to see our 2015-2019 Strategic Plan.

Our mission: To improve access to healthy, local food by educating, connecting, and empowering the Kalamazoo community.

Our vision: We envision thriving communities growing and distributing safe, nutritious, locally produced foods that foster healthy communities, environments, and economies.

Our board: The following people are currently guiding Fair Food Matters in its mission and vision:

  • Fernando Ospina, Chair
  • Krystal Gast, Treasurer
  • Aliisa Lahti, Secretary
  • Melody Daacon
  • Grant Fletcher
  • Meghan Klaric
  • Mark McGee
  • Jo Ann Mundy
  • Jenny Warnos

If you are interested in joining our board, please download a Board Member Application here and email or print to mail to us (also available in .pdf format).

We welcome public comments at our board meetings, which take place regularly on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 6-7:30pm. Board meetings are located in the Bronson Gilmore Center for Health Education, 7 Healthcare Plaza Kalamazoo, MI 49007.

Our staff: The following people are working to realize the vision of Fair Food Matters:

  • Heather Crull, Program Manager - heather(at)fairfoodmatters.org
  • Lucy Dilley, Program Manager - lucy(at)fairfoodmatters.org
  • Sheena Foster, Kitchen Coordinator - kitchen(at)fairfoodmatters.org

Volunteer Opportunities

There are several ways you can help us build community around food and food systems. From gardening to office tasks to assisting with exciting FFM projects, you'll have a great time being useful. Find out more about volunteering with Fair Food Matters, as well as other ways you can help us fulfill our mission. If you have something in mind that you'd like to do for us, or if you want to investigate our needs, please visit our support page.

Programs and Partnerships:
  • Can-Do Kitchen
    A commercial kitchen and business incubation for small food businesses.
  • Fair Food Farmers' Market
    A new market is in the works to better serve the community.
  • Growing Matters Garden
    Kids get their hands dirty and learn a lot with our educational gardening project.
  • Common Ground
    A network of individuals and organizations working to support community gardens throughout Kalamazoo County.
  • Good Food Kalamazoo
    A collaboration working to engage and empower our community to provide itself with food that is healthy, green, fair, and affordable.
  • Southwest Michigan Community Harvest Fest
    Celebrate local food, local farming, and sustainable living with great speakers, music and more.