Beginning Summer of 2023, UPCAP will partner with the Food Bank Council of Michigan (FBCM) to increase access to locally sourced fresh and healthy foods, targeting economically challenged and food insecure residents. This new initiative known as “The UP Fresh Food Access Program”, is Funded through the Food Bank Council of Michigan, a grantee of the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and the USDA. This partnership will help establish and implement the new Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program (LFPA), an innovative program allowing state and tribal governments to procure and distribute local foods and beverages unique to their geographic area.
As a regional partner, UPCAP will utilize a variety of methods and work with local producers to provide access to fresh, healthy foods for residents in underserved communities. The UP Fresh Food Access Program is scheduled to start in the Upper Peninsula mid- Summer, and will run through September of 2025.
Based on a prescription for health model, this program is designed to address and improve the food security of individuals at risk for or diagnosed with a chronic health condition.
Providing information, resources, support and programs to caregivers throughout the U.P.
Providing easy accessible, responsive, and professional information and assistance to Upper Peninsula citizens and families in need, 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week.