Fair Food Matters is thrilled to announce the recipients of its first round of Business Builder Scholarships, giving a needed boost to business-ready local food entrepreneurs with marketable product ideas. The scholarships are designed to assist low-income individuals by providing access to startup funds and use of food incubation services through the organization's Can-Do Kitchen. Funding is provided by Community Development Block Grant funds (administered through the City of Kalamazoo) and a LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) recoverable grant.
We are in the process of selecting the final three recipients
The first Business Builder Scholarship recipients hail from the Northside, West Douglass, Edison, and Milwood neighborhoods and have strong ties to the City of Kalamazoo. Bringing a variety of foods to the table, each business owner also plans to incorporate Michigan-grown and produced ingredients in their products. Blanca Cardoza will offer three savory and sweet salsas for Kalamazoo's taste buds through her business startup, Fiesta by Blanca. Shashu Wells of Shae's Healthy Choice is focusing on herb mixes for healthy soups and dry mix for her special cornbread. Meka Philips offers Dessert First, with a variety of tasty cupcakes and cakes. Remi Harrington looks to the food needs of single moms and families with prepared healthy, soulful, and affordable meals.
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Our Annual Report for the 2013 calendar year is now available. We enjoyed the opportunity to reflect on the last 12 months of programs and we hope that you find joy and inspiration when you have a chance to read it.Click here to view or download the report.