Community, Ludington Hospital

Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital giving free fresh produce

August 24, 2021

Spectrum Health partners with the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids to provide bags of fresh produce across West Michigan

Families in the northern portion of Mason County and mid-Oceana County are invited to pick up a bag of free healthy produce when the Veggie Van makes stops in Fountain and in Hart over the next several weeks.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Friday, August 27, 2021:  Sherman Township Hall at 3854 E Main St, Fountain, MI from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 9, 2021: Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital Family Medicine—Hart at 2481 N. 72nd Avenue in Hart from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

The goal of the Veggie Van program is to ensure that fruit and vegetables are available to people, especially to those who may otherwise have limited access to fresh produce. The Veggie Van, a mobile farmer’s market featuring regionally grown, top-quality fruit and vegetables, is a joint project of Spectrum Health and the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids. The bags of produce will be given out on a first-come first-served basis in a drive-up fashion for ease and convenience. All volunteers distributing the produce will be wearing masks.

“Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital is excited to again share free healthy fresh fruits and vegetables this summer with our rural area communities in convenient outdoor locations,” said Drew Dostal, president of both Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital and Gerber Memorial Hospital. “We are pleased to have this partnership with the YMCA that allows us to offer healthy produce. Along with our second series of Culinary Medicine classes coming up in early October, we are helping residents to eat nutritious food, an important element for overall health and wellbeing.”

The events will be held drive-through style and participants are asked to remain in their cars and follow the signs.

Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system that provides care and coverage, comprising 31,000+ team members, 14 hospitals (including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital), a robust network of care facilities, teams of nationally recognized doctors and providers, and the nation’s third-largest provider-sponsored health plan, Priority Health, currently serving over 1 million members across the state of Michigan. People are at the heart of everything we do. Locally governed and headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we are focused on our mission: to improve health, inspire hope and save lives. Spectrum Health has a legacy of strong community partnerships, philanthropy and transparency. Through experience, innovation and collaboration, we are reimagining a better, more equitable model of health and wellness.

Patricia Ezdebski
Marketing and Public Relations
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